If you are feeling unhappy in your marriage, you may have spent months or even years simply hoping that things would get better over time. However, if things have not improved, it’s likely that the prospect of divorce has crossed your mind. Some unhappy spouses hesitate to file for a divorce because they feel that they do not have a big reason such as infidelity or abuse — they merely feel unhappy. However, if a relationship is not satisfying your emotional needs, this is enough of a reason to consider filing for divorce.
It is important that you only take action to file when you have considered all options and when you fully understand the legal and financial implications of doing so. The following is an overview of some of the most common reasons why couples file for divorce.
Falling out of love
Every couple goes through the honeymoon phase of being in love. During this time, you will feel head-over-heels in love with your partner: You find them attractive in all circumstances, and you think that everything they do is irresistible. However, this feeling is never sustained forever — you will eventually find some things they do to be irritating, and you may eventually fall out of love and see that you are incompatible as a couple. It can be possible for love to be rekindled, but only if both of you are willing to put in the work.
A very common reason for divorce is alcohol or drug abuse. Sadly, many people become addicts, and this can affect every aspect of their life, including their relationships. Often, the best thing a spouse of an addict can do is to leave the relationship so that the addict can wake up and get the help that they need. This is sometimes called tough love or benign neglect.
There are so many reasons why couples get divorced, and the right action for you depends on your individual circumstances. If you are considering divorce, you should first understand how the law applies to you.