Anyone entering a marriage likely hopes they will never become a divorce statistic, but as we all know too well, it can be hard to predict the outcome of a marriage, no matter how strong it is at any given time.
Throughout history, couples have divorced for many different reasons that were very individual to their specific circumstances, but it is safe to say that there are some common reasons that push couples toward divorce.
Not surprisingly, one of those reasons has to do with finances. Statistics show that men who are jobless are more likely to divorce. Job loss on either side can put stress on the marriage because it can change the dynamics that are related to security, finances and responsibilities. It’s not only job loss that can cause turmoil in a marriage. Just a change in financial circumstances or a change in a spouse’s job schedule can cause a significant amount of stress.
Another common issue that puts stress on a marriage is the birth of a child. One study discovered that within three years of a child’s birth, 67 percent of couples felt a drop in marital satisfaction. The responsibility of having to take care of a newborn and raise children in general can put a strain on a marriage, especially when the spouses already have issues communicating or when one spouse is dealing with depression or anxiety.
In our next post we will discuss a handful of other scenarios that can sometimes push a couple toward divorce.