Divorce happens for many different reasons, so it’s hard to pin down one reason that is the most common. Even if you did, it certainly wouldn’t mean that your relationship would run into the same situation. Every divorce is unique, and so are the circumstances leading up to it.
That said, it is possible to track some of the most common reasons that people cite for divorce, especially when they have to do so during the legal proceedings. This can shed some light on why relationships end.
The top six reasons
To start, let’s look at the top six reasons according to some reports:
- Conflict in the marriage
- Arguing on a constant basis
- The irretrievable breakdown of the relationship
- A notable lack of commitment from one or both of the partners
- Infidelity or the presence of an extramarital affair
- A lack of physical intimacy between the partners, which often develops over time
One important thing to note is that an irretrievable breakdown is often cited by those who want to use a no-fault divorce. They generally don’t have to claim that their spouse caused the divorce for any reason, and they don’t have to prove anything. They just have to say that the relationship has broken down and it can never be fixed, for reasons that are their own, and they will then be granted a divorce. As such, this becomes something of a catch-all that can mean a number of different things for different couples.
If you find yourself getting divorced for one of these reasons or any other you need to know exactly what legal steps to take.