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Many common causes drive people to divorce

While every divorce is unique, researchers have found that people in Arizona and across the country tend to divorce in certain common circumstances. Most fundamentally, a breakdown in the loving connection in a relationship is common in the largest number of divorces, according to researchers. One study involved 2,371 recently divorced people in opposite-sex relationships. Their average age was 45, and the couples decided to divorce for a number of different reasons. Of the study participants, 44% initiated divorce proceedings themselves while 40% said the divorce was initiated by a former spouse. Another 16% said the decision to end their marriage was mutual.

The most common cause of divorce, cited by 47% of participants in the survey, was the loss of romantic feelings or intimacy between the couple. There may have been a number of precipitating events, but the participants said that they had lost feelings for each other during their marriage. In many cases, these reasons often overlapped with other concerns. For example, 44% of the respondents said that the most important reason for their divorce was a problem with communication. Some of these people may have been in ongoing arguments with their former spouses while others reported that they no longer spoke or shared meaningful conversation.

Still other participants in the survey said that the relationship had lost respect or trust. In many cases, there were other events associated with this judgment, such as infidelity, profligate spending or addiction. The participants said that they were not able to repair the relationship after the breach. Others said that they simply grew apart over time.

People may decide to divorce for a number of reasons. A family law attorney may work with a divorcing spouse to negotiate a fair settlement on a range of issues, from child custody to property division.

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