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What can cause a marriage to break down? 

On Behalf of | Feb 14, 2024 | Divorce

Marriage is a serious commitment. Couples vow to spend the rest of their lives together. Thus, married couples often fight as hard as possible to make the relationship work. Sadly, this isn’t always possible and marriages can break down beyond repair. 

What can cause a marriage to break down? Here are some common problems:

A one-sided effort 

As mentioned, marriage takes a lot of effort from both spouses. Sometimes, the effort put in to make the relationship work is one-sided. Successful marriages are founded on effective communication and this cannot happen if one spouse lacks commitment. 

Financial issues 

While each spouse should have their own career ambitions and finances, marriage largely relies on pooling resources. Financial disputes are one of the most common reasons for a marriage to break down. If one spouse is dishonest about debt, their earnings or their ambitions, this can result in the breakdown of the relationship. 

Familial priorities 

It used to be that marriage and having children were synonymous, but this is no longer the case. Nearly 30% of all married households in the U.S. have no children. If both spouses agree on this, then there is no need for it to be an issue. However, if one spouse wants children and the other does not, this can cause tension in the relationship. Whether or not they want children is something couples should discuss before marriage and throughout the relationship. 

If you’re having issues in your marriage that don’t appear fixable, then it may be time to start thinking about your rights. The more legal information you have the better you will be protected.