To some degree, you don't want to get hung up on the reasons why other couples end their marriages. Every relationship is different. You could wind up getting divorced for reasons that have nothing to do with anyone else's experience.
At the same time, though, it can be helpful to look at some of the reasons so that you know why divorce usually happens. This way, you can look for red flags in your own relationship, and you can be ready when divorce arrives. With that in mind, here are some of the top reasons:
- Your spouse is abusive. This abuse could be emotional, physical or financial, just to name a few.
- Your spouse is unfaithful. It may be a one-time event or it could be an ongoing relationship.
- Your spouse does not think of you as an equal. This can lead them to treat you as an inferior and make you feel like you need a healthier relationship.
- Your spouse expects things from the marriage that you can never provide. Unmet expectations may cause a divorce, even when they're not fair to begin with.
- Stress about money. Once you're married, not being able to pay the bills feels like a bigger issue -- especially if you blame your spouse for wasting the family's money and causing you all of these financial troubles in the first place.
Again, by no means are these all of the reasons for divorce; they just scratch the surface. If you do decide to end your marriage, though, be sure you know what rights you have, what steps to take and how to get the process started.