When asked why divorce is so common these days, many people will tell you that couples just aren’t working hard enough at their relationship anymore. However, census results suggest the opposite is true. No couple makes the decision to get a divorce lightly, particularly if there are children involved. Though some divorces are amicable and children’s lives do not change dramatically, many others are not. The decision to go through with a divorce knowing that one’s children may be negatively impacted is not an easy one to make.
In addition to the potential effects of divorce on children and the family, divorce is costly. Hiring a divorce lawyer is expensive, and the separation of a joint bank account can mean that one party leaves the marriage in a financially worse position than they were in before. If the decision to divorce is made mutually and without resentment on either side, fair financial agreements can be made in little time. On the other hand, any animosity can draw out the process and increase the cost of divorce.
The decision to divorce is therefore made when all other avenues have been pursued and no other option remains. Whether the reason for divorce is infidelity, abuse, or both parties are simply deeply unhappy, the majority of couples try to work through these issues before ending their marriage. For more details on the statistics behind these marriage breakdown and divorce trends, check out the infographic below. This infographic outlines the thought processes and actions that occur before pursuing a divorce, the top ten reasons for divorce, and the average cost of divorce.
Infographic Designed By: Spodek Los Angeles Divorce Attorneys