Divorce is a natural part of life — especially considering that the majority of marriages end in a divorce.

Not every divorce is a dramatic affair, though. Many marriages end due to reasons outside of cheating or even irreconcilable differences. Of course, the reasons are usually not what we think of because they are so mundane and are usually not covered by the media or mentioned in movies.

If you’ve ever thought about the reasons why couples may decide to split ways, you’re in luck. Check out some of the reasons why couples may opt for divorce below.

A Quick Note…

Something to remember while reading this post is that this post does not serve as legal advice. Secondly, divorce rules and regulations vary by state. Make sure to familiarize yourself with the specific rules in your state, because they may differ slightly from what is discussed here.

Reasons for Divorce

Below is a list of reasons why a couple may choose to initiate divorce proceedings. Some reasons you may be familiar with — others, not so much. Of course, every couple’s marriage and situation are different, and I am not pretending that this list is completely exhaustive. Rather, it is a general list representing the most common reasons why divorce occurs.

  • Irreconcilable differences.

This among one of the most common reasons for divorce today. Irreconcilable differences essentially mean that a personal issue sprouted between the couple that was unable to be solved through communication. Life happens. Sometimes people grow apart and aren’t as compatible as they once were before. In other situations, an affair has occurred and the breach of trust has been so damaging that the marriage cannot repair itself.

  • Abuse.

Abuse and cruel treatment are a different situation than irreconcilable differences. Whether the abuse you are going through is emotional, mental, or physical — this is certainly grounds for a divorce.

  • Imprisonment.

Many people file for divorce once their spouse has been incarcerated for a significant amount of time. Prison drives a wedge in marriages as couples who once saw each other every day no longer see each other as frequently as they used to. Some states have requirements for how long one spouse must be imprisoned for before the other can file for divorce, so if this situation applies to you, make sure to research the specific laws in your state.

As stated before, this is not an exhaustive list. Every couple’s situation is different and many couples file for divorce for reasons that may not fit perfectly into any of these bullet points.

If you are considering filing for divorce for any reason or your partner has filed for divorce, the first thing you should do is reach out to a divorce attorney with years of experience, like the attorneys at the Law Offices of Baden V. Mansfield. These attorneys are well versed in how to ensure that their clients maintain as much as their money and property as possible, and they will be able to help you navigate any additional hurdles that come with divorce — such as custody battles.