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Marriages often wear down slowly to lead to divorce

The decision to divorce is one that usually isn't made lightly. In most cases, people try to take every step possible to salvage the marriage with the person who they vowed to spend the rest of their life with. What shocks some people is that the reason for divorce isn't always a sudden event. Instead, there's likely a slow series of things that's wearing the strength of the marriage down.

People tend to focus on the final straw when they look into the reason for divorce. For example, if a person had an affair, that event will be cited as the cause of the divorce. People might not look beyond that to see that there was a compatibility issue between the spouses or that there was a lack of intimacy over the years that led the person to have an affair.

In some cases, there's more than one cause of the divorce. This may include communication issues and disagreements about money. Those two issues can cause a lot of conflict in the marriage. Constant conflict can wear on the marriage.

Some divorces occur because of addiction or abuse. Determining the underlying cause of these situations might seem important, but the safety of the spouse is actually the priority. For this reason, the addict or abuser might be left to figure out the problem on their own after the split.

When you feel the marriage is worn down beyond repair and opt to file for divorce, make sure you're protecting your own interests. This might not be easy to do, but it's the only way that you can get your new life started on the best footing possible.

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