Nearly 50 percent of marriages in the United States end in divorce. But this is just an average. The divorce rates for first marriages, for example, is lower than the divorce rate for third marriages. In addition, childless couples have a higher divorce rate than couples with children.
According to Divorce Guide.com, the top 10 causes of divorce are communication issues, money, adultery, wrong expectations, lack of commitment, addictions, sex, midlife crisis, little annoyances and ease of divorce.
So what can be done to prevent you from becoming a divorce statistic?
Keep the lines of communication open: Discuss problems as they arise so they don’t fester and turn into much larger issues later. Avoiding problems does not make them disappear.
Make time for your spouse: This includes taking time out of your schedules to spend time together. It also means taking time for intimacy and sex.
You both need to work at it: Marriage only works if both partners are equally committed to its success. Remember marriage is a partnership.
Money leads to stress: It doesn’t matter whether it is a lack of finances or the overzealous pursuit of it, money can lead to stress which in turn puts a strain on a marriage.
Seek counseling: If marriage problems get to the point that they cannot be resolved at home, it’s time to seek professional help.
Marriage is a two-way street and it takes hard work on both parties to make it successful.