5 Common Causes of Divorce

As leading family lawyers, a question we are often asked is what makes a marriage fall apart. Whether for same-sex marriage, heterosexual relationships or de-fact couples, there are some common stressors that seem to lead to a relationship breakdown. Still, it’s important to remember that each relationship is unique, as are the stressors that act upon it. So, with rising divorce statistics in Australia, is there a possible trend? Here’s some insight from leading divorce lawyers in Melbourne.

For most, the last thing you think about when you get married is that your relationship is going to end in divorce. However, statistics reveal that as much as 33% of all Australian marriages are expected to end in divorce.

It’s a scary statistic, but it does beg the question as to why. For many, understanding the common causes of divorce helps to them to find ways to improve their own relationship and hopefully avoid the ‘D’ word in the future.

Now, in Australia, it’s no longer important for courts to understand the cause of marital breakdown. As per the Family Law Act of 1975, we have a ‘no-fault divorce system. Nonetheless, there are a few common reasons we’ve notices as leading family lawyers.

Again, the causes vary between relationships, and often issues are interrelated. Meaning there is often no one reason. Still, studies indicate that there are certain ‘affective issues’ which Australian’s cite as their reason for divorce. These include:

  1. Communication Problems.
  2. Infidelity or Trust Issues.
  3. Financial Issues.
  4. Physical or Emotional Abuse.
  5. A Loss of Connection.

Amongst these issues, many report family interference, work pressure, mental issues and substance abuse as other contributing factors.

For the most part, many complain that inattention is a root cause. Successful relationships need a great deal of care, attention and respect. The moment one of these falls to the wayside, issues arise.

What is important to remember is that even though your relationship may be experiencing major stress factors, it’s not always the end of the road. Seeking out a Marriage Therapist is always a valid option.

Equally so, if there is no foreseeable way for reconciliation, there is no shame in divorce. Unfortunately, social stigma has branded divorce in a negative light, where for many, it can be the start to a better, more beautiful life.

As leading divorce lawyers in Melbourne, we understand that considering a divorce can be incredibly daunting. That’s why we offer specialised services for divorce, same-sex divorce and de-facto relationships.

For expert assistance and support for divorce, same-sex divorce, and de facto relationships, contact the leading divorce lawyers in Melbourne. At Umbrella Family Law, we have a specialised team of family lawyers who are able to give you the practical, legal and emotional support you need to successfully navigate your divorce.

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