The 5 main reasons people get a divorce


As the New Year springs into action there is a huge spike in the number of divorce proceedings filed. According to statistics, one in five married couples are considering separating after the pressure of being together over the festive period and the thought of having a choose a Valentine card… 

1) Communication difficulties

Although many people seem to think infidelity is the top reason people get divorced, a recent study found that problems communicating as a couple was the most common cause. Unresolved conflict and suppressed emotions can also lead the couple to destructive communication. Once communication has broken down, the marriage tends to follow. The lesson? Communication is key.

2) Infidelity

Almost a fifth of all marriages in 2015 ended because of a spouse cheating. Whilst that’s a depressing thought, it’s worth noting that roughly 30% of married couples manage to overcome infidelity of varying degrees.

3) Getting married for the wrong reasons

“We’d already spent so much on the wedding – I didn’t want to back out” and “we already had a house together”. Two common statements that we hear all too often. Marriage is possibly the biggest commitment one could make – there’s no shame in being sure!

4) Finances

It’s not usually the lack of money that causes the divorce, but the lack of financial compatibility. Opposites can attract but when two people are opposites in the financial department, divorce often isn’t far behind. Imagine the conflict if one is a saver and one is a spender. One is focused on the future while the other believes in seizing the moment and booking endless holidays using credit cards. Over time, this conflict can reach such heights that divorce seems to be the only option. Marriage is full of compromise – finances included.

5) Growing apart

As children grow up and need less attention, many husbands and wives find that they have grown apart and no longer have much in common. The secret? Experts tell us that you should never stop making time for each other. Regular ‘date nights’ give you the time you need together.

If you would like any confidential help or advice regarding any aspect of divorce or separation please contact Best Solicitors, on 0114 281 3636 or email us confidentially at

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