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Divorce is on the decline, but it still happens

On Behalf of | Jun 17, 2020 | Uncategorized

Twenty years ago, the overall divorce rate in Illinois and across the United States was near 50 percent. This meant nearly half of all marriages ended in divorce. Today, however, the rate of divorce has declined, with about 40 percent of marriages ending in a breakup. Although there are a number of reasons for the decline, one fact remains clear: as long as there are marriages in our society, there will be divorces. Here are the main reasons why modern-day spouses get divorced.

For decades, money has been the main cause for stress in most marriages. Today it’s no different. The majority of divorces these days can be traced back to financial issues. Any relationship is bound to fail if basic survival needs can’t be met.

Infidelity is also a main cause of marriage dissolution in modern-day America. Trust is crucial in a marriage and also something that is not easily fixable. When one spouse participates in an extramarital affair, trust is often lost forever.

Another cause for divorce these days revolves around a lack of intimacy. When intimacy is infrequent or absent altogether, a wedge can be driven between otherwise compatible and loving partners. Trying to repair the causes behind the lack of intimacy is sometimes a bigger burden than some couples are willing to bear.

The overall rate of divorce may be declining, but it seems the more things change the more they remain the same. The reasons for divorce today are not that dissimilar from the reasons for the divorces of previous generations. Regardless of reasoning, divorce is one of life’s most challenging and confusing experiences. Those in Illinois who have questions about divorce can obtain guidance by consulting a seasoned family law attorney.