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What are the top reasons to file for divorce?

A study was recently released regarding the reasons many couples choose to end their marriages. It is believed that, currently, nearly 800,000 couples choose to file for divorce every year in the United States -- many of whom may reside in Maryland. This is said to be fewer than the number of couples who filed back in the 1980s and 1990s -- when divorce rates were at a high. Nevertheless, the reasons to divorce have largely stayed the same over the past several decades.

According to the study, the top reasons to divorce include infidelity, incompatibility, drug and/or alcohol abuse, lack of communication and, simply, growing apart. These are just a few reasons, though, as to why some marriages fail to thrive. For some couples, it may just be one thing that breaks down the relationship, while for others, there may be several factors at play that result in the desire to divorce.

It is believed that the divorce rate in the United States has calmed down a little -- due to people waiting until later in life to tie the knot. However, some still think that nearly half of all marriages will end in divorce. Financial ability and changing roles in the home and workplace are thought to be behind the high rate of marriage failure.

At the end of the day, one's reason to file for divorce is his or her own. Every situation is different. Those in Maryland who have the desire to dissolve their marriages can seek assistance to not only start, but finalize this process in ways that work best for their personal circumstances. An experienced family law attorney will work diligently to help the client achieve a fair and balanced settlement as swiftly and smoothly as possible.

Source: Bloomberg, "What We Know About Why Couples Get Divorced", Ben Steverman, Sept. 20, 2016

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