A study that was published by the Journal of Sex & Marital Therapy has highlighted the top four reasons that people in Georgia and around the country get divorced. They are lack of intimacy or love, lack of trust, sympathy or respect, growing apart, and communication problems. The study involved surveys of 2,371 straight people who had recently gone through a divorce, and their average age was 45 years old.
The most commonly-cited of the reasons for divorce was a lack of intimacy or love, with 47% of those surveyed naming that. Respondents in the open-ended survey said things like "I had no feelings for my partner" or "he didn't love me after we'd been together for a long time". Lack of trust was indicated with statements like "we had an inability to regain trust".
Problems in communication were a catalyst for divorce for nearly half of the respondents. Failure to communicate can put severe stress on a relationship over time. One of the study participants explained simply that her ex-husband didn't talk very much, which led to their divorce. Finally, people cited growing apart over time as a primary reason for divorce.
Regardless of the reason that leads to the end of a marriage, the divorce process can be stressful and emotional for many estranged couples. People who are in this position need to realize that there are significant legal issues as well, including property division and, if they are parents of young children, custody and visitation. They might find it advisable to meet with their respective family law attorneys to learn about what their options are.