The decision to divorce your spouse could have a long-term impact on your life. Your family, your children and even mutual friends may feel the collateral effects of your changing relationship.
Considering the weight of such a decision, you probably want to feel confident about your choice before filing paperwork. Knowing some common reasons why people choose divorce may help you feel better about your choice.
A healthy relationship of any kind requires both parties to compromise, and sometimes sacrifice, in order to find common ground. Topics that often result in miscommunication or disagreements may include finances, household responsibilities, career commitments and parenting style among other things.
Learning to communicate effectively with your partner can alleviate some of the strain that differences in opinion can create. However, personality differences and mental illness, for example, can prevent you or your spouse from effectively communicating. According to Psychology Today, irreconcilable differences and poor communication are two of the most common reasons for divorce.
If you have experienced abuse in your relationship, you may feel threatened and concerned about your safety. Mistreatment can take on many forms including physical, sexual, psychological and financial. Similarly, dealing with a spouse that has a drug or alcohol addiction may cause uncertainty. Unpredictable behavior patterns, abandonment and even misuse of marital property can occur when your spouse is under the influence. As such, you may feel unable to adequately protect yourself from potential harm.
You deserve to live a happy and fulfilling life. Sharing a marriage with someone who prevents you from reaching your full potential can leave you feeling exhausted and unfulfilled. If you do choose to divorce, working with a legal professional can give you the guidance and support you need to take action.