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Looking at the Most Common Causes of Divorce

Last updated 5 years ago

In the United States, the rate of divorce still lingers around 50%, meaning that nearly half of marriages do not work out. Even though every case is unique, there are some common themes in a number of divorces. Here is a look at some of the top reasons that couples decide to file for divorce:


Even though some couples are able to work through infidelity, many people find it difficult to forgive a partner who has been unfaithful. Couples who decide to stay together often find it difficult to maintain a level of trust in their relationship. Even if the person who was unfaithful truly regrets his or her decision, his or her partner may have trouble forgetting about this betrayal of trust.


Dishonesty does not just refer to actively lying to a partner—it also refers to hiding things and not being open in a marriage. For example, couples may end up facing problems if one party is hiding his or her debt obligations. Marriages are supposed to be built on a foundation of trust, so once someone discovers his or her partner was dishonest, it can be difficult to still maintain faith in the relationship.


Addiction to drugs, alcohol, gambling, or pornography can harm a relationship. Some people conceal these addictions until their partners discover the problems later on in the marriage. Drug and alcohol addictions can harm a relationship, because they tarnish the sense of trust that someone has in his or her significant other. If one partner has substance abuse issues, the other may find it hard to rely on his or her significant other to be consistent in behavior.

For more than 20 years, Moreno Family Law has helped San Jose residents through divorce cases. Our goal is to help our clients reach a compromise with their former spouses outside of the courtroom. If you are planning on filing for divorce, schedule a meeting with our legal team by calling (408) 266-9011.


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