Why do people get divorces?

We all know that relationships — and subsequently marriage — are hard work and can oftentimes become difficult challenges for many people. But as new research over the last couple of years has shown, divorce is no stranger to this fact either.

But while this may not come as a surprise to our more frequent readers, those who are new to our blog might be asking themselves: why do people get divorces? And if you’re one of those people currently asking this question then you’re in luck because we’re going to try to answer it in this week’s post.

The most obvious — and perhaps most common — reason why a couple might get a divorce is because they no longer get along like they used to. Communication can break down if couples aren’t willing to work on it and differences can arise. This can create a major rift between spouses that can lead to separation and eventually divorce.

But some other reasons for divorce have come out of studies conducted by researchers across the nation. Take for example the June 2013 study conducted by a doctoral student from the University of Missouri School of Journalism who concluded that excessive Facebook use could lead to jealousy and eventually divorce in some cases.

Other studies have listed long commutes, drinking habits, cultural changes, and whether a spouse finds the relationship emotionally satisfying or not as indicators of a potential divorce down the road.

Divorces are like relationships though: not every one is the same, meaning a divorce might not be caused by just one thing but a plethora of things. This is something researchers are still learning and are trying to convey to the masses in the end.

Source: The Huffington Post, “Research Findings From 2013 Offer Insight Into Why Couples Split — And What Happens After,” Taryn Hillin, Dec. 30, 2013