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What are the main causes of divorce in Ontario?

What are the main causes of divorce?

There are a lot of different reasons for a relationship can go from “from death do us part” to divorce. Some are easier to understand and may have indicators such as but not limited to arguments and disputes. Others may be more difficult to spot, such as problems that linger under the surface for some time before coming to a head.

Here’s a rundown of some of the main causes of divorce in Ontario today:

1. Infidelity

It probably doesn’t come as a huge surprise that infidelity makes the list. While there can be many reasons for why one partner might stray, this breach of trust can bring a swift and sudden end to many relationships.

2. Financial problems

Money plays a huge part in how we see the world and act in their relationships. Whether the added stress of compounding financial obligations starts to create cracks in a relationship, or if irresponsible or extravagant spending habits start to add up, money can bring about the beginning of the end.

3. Communication

Good communication is the key to a successful marriage. Yelling, barbed comments, arguments or long periods of silence are all recipes for the breakdown of a relationship. Regardless of what other issues might be causing problems, poor communication over an extended period of time can take a toll, and will likely lead to one partner or the other talking with a family lawyer.

4. Unrealistic expectations

Regardless of whether the couple is young or old, it’s possible that reality simply doesn’t compare to their imagined vision of married life. Added responsibility and expectations can turn into stress or the feeling that one is missing out on other opportunities — resulting in a call to the local family lawyer.

5. Lack of equality

Again, this issue can manifest itself in many different ways. Maybe one partner simply isn’t pulling their weight. Maybe unique circumstances have caused one partner to be burdened with many extra challenges and they don’t feel that they are getting the required support. Either way, a lack of equality can be a sticking point that leads to friction and a premature end to a relationship.

6. Physical, verbal or emotional abuse

Unfortunately, marriages that end as a result of abuse are still very common. Deep-rooted emotional issues, blame, lack of respect or many other factors can contribute to a course of action where one partner begins to take it out on the other through increasingly violent verbal or physical abuse. If it comes to this point, it is important to recognize the situation for what it is and to begin to take steps to exit the marriage.

If you feel that your marriage is no longer allowing you to be a positive, helpful or happy person, take the time to talk with a divorce specialist at Epstein & Associates. You can use our offer of a free consultation to determine if we are the right team to help you get an understanding of your situation.