Marriage is not always easy. It takes work, dedication, communication and compromise. When these fail and other factors are added in, many New Jersey couples decide to seek a divorce. The reasons can be emotional, financial, physical or environmental.
The road to divorce
When a marriage breaks down, it usually happens over time. Many couples who end up getting divorced often try to work things out, but at some point, the situation might seem hopeless enough that one or both spouses decide that divorce is the better option. Just like all marriages are different, no two divorces are alike. In many cases, the road to divorce involves several factors, including:
- Financial differences
- Emotional or physical abuse
- Chronic illness, particularly when the wife is the sick spouse
- Dissatisfaction with the relationship, particularly after children are born
- Breakdowns in communication between the spouses
Interesting factors related to long-term marriages
There are no guarantees that a marriage will last. In fact, 7% of married couples do not even complete a month of marriage before separating. However, some couples do make it 20 years or more and there are some interesting correlations. For example, women with 4-year college degrees are twice as likely to reach 20 or more years in their marriage than those who have only completed high school. As well, about 57% of couples that did not live together before marriage reach 20 years or more in their marriages. For couples who did live together before marriage, this percentage drops to 46%.
Divorce can be an expensive, lengthy process and can affect all members of the family. The many factors that might have led the couple to dissolve their marriage also often affect the divorce process itself. However, couples also have choices, such as mediation, that can make it less stressful.