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Common reasons why Pennsylvania divorces happen

On Behalf of | Mar 27, 2015 | Firm News

A lot of times when a Pennsylvania marriage ends in divorce, couples want to know why. The truth is, it is very difficult to guess why marriages end. Even when looking at the specifics of one particular marriage, there may be so many contributing factors that it is impossible to pinpoint one specific cause. That said, sometimes there are identifiable triggers that affect a couple’s ability to stay together. In this article, we will look at three of those factors.

Oddly enough, one of the very things that marriage is intended to endure is one of the things that causes marriages to end: illness. Sickness can come in the form of cancer, heart disease, disability or any number of conditions. Sometimes, sickness can affect a spouse’s ability to fulfill the role that he or she normally fulfills in the relationship — like earning an income or taking the children to school, for example. This can put more pressure on the other spouse to perform and test the resiliency of the marriage.

Job changes can also be a source of marital stress. For example, a new job could affect a spouse’s schedule, earning capacity and stress levels. In terms of a layoff or getting fired, unemployed men tend to have a higher likelihood of getting left by their wives and/or leaving their wives.

Next, children can have a serious effect on a couple’s marriage. Sometimes, the shifting schedules and responsibilities of child rearing can cause new parents to feel unfulfilled and create a rift in the marriage. In fact, 67 percent of new parents report less marital satisfaction following the birth of a child. Interestingly, couples that give birth to girls have a higher likelihood of divorce than couples that give birth to boys.

Knowing some of the reasons why divorce happens can help some Pennsylvania residents avoid the dissolution of their marriage if one of these events happens to occur. It might also help someone understand why his or her particular marriage happened to end when others do not.

Source: Fox, “7 life events that can lead to divorce,” Amanda McMillan, March. 26, 2015

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