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The top reasons people file for divorce

Divorce rates in Georgia and across the U.S. have been trending downward over the last few decades. However, when people do choose to end their marriage, it is usually attributed to one of several common factors.

The website INSIDER teamed up with the National Center for Biotechnology Information to discover the most commonly cited reasons for divorce. The researchers surveyed 31 women and 21 men who had taken part in a pre-marriage course called PREP, which stands for "prevention and relationship enhancement program", 14 years ago. They found that there were 11 common reasons that people filed for divorce.

The top reason, cited by 75 percent of the study's participants, was a lack of commitment to the marriage. The second most common reason, cited by 59.6 percent of participants, was infidelity or affairs. The third most common reason, cited by 57.7 percent of participants, was too much fighting or arguing. Meanwhile, getting married too young and financial problems rounded out the top five, cited by 45.1 percent and 36.1 percent of participants, respectively. The other most commonly cited reasons were substance abuse, domestic violence, health problems, lack of support from family, little or no marriage preparation and religious differences. Some participants listed more than one reason for their divorce.

A person whose marriage is coming to an end may find it beneficial to contact a family law attorney for assistance. The attorney could assess the client's personal circumstances and point out all relevant legal considerations. As the divorce proceeds, legal counsel could work to negotiate a comprehensive settlement on property division, child custody, and other applicable matters and then submit it to the court for its approval.

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