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Divorce may be the only option in any of these circumstances

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention say more than 20 percent of marriages in Illinois and elsewhere experience some sort of disruption within the initial five years after the wedding date. Relationship advisers say it is not the causes of the disruptions that lead to divorce but the manner in which couples deal with the problems. The also say that some reasons for divorces are cited more frequently than others.

Although the reasons for most divorces are cited as irreconcilable differences, the inability to reconcile may result from other factors. These could include infidelity, which has come to include not only physical affairs but also emotional relationships that involve social media. Money problems sometimes develop into stressors that can cause arguments and unhappiness to arise, and if this cannot be overcome, finances can be blamed for the divorce.

Addictions and substance abuse are frequently cited as reasons for divorces. This could include alcohol, drugs, opioids, gambling and even sex addictions. Dependencies can be all encompassing, leaving no place for the other spouse in the marriage. Sadly, extraordinary situations have in many cases been too much to bear for some. A cancer diagnosis or the loss of a child may be so overwhelming that one spouse withdraws, and when such suffering is not shared, the marriage becomes vulnerable.

While there are counselors available to assist with all types of marital problems, some issues cannot be resolved. Rather than enduring an unhappy marriage, a couple may choose to file for divorce. This needs proper planning and extensive negotiations that could be facilitated by an experienced divorce attorney. If there is a complete breakdown of communication, a litigated divorce may be the only option. A lawyer can provide the necessary support and guidance throughout the proceedings that will ensue.

Source:, "6 major reasons why people divorce", Bela Gandhi, Oct. 25, 2017

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