The United States has a relatively high divorce rate compared to other countries. In California, which is a no-fault state, one of the grounds for divorce is simply “irreconcilable differences,” meaning that spouses don’t have to cite the other spouse’s shortcomings as a reason for the failure of their marriage.
If a couple can’t pinpoint a specific reason to get divorced (like cheating, for example), that’s considered a no-fault divorce. However, there are many reasons people ultimately divorce their spouses, some of which may surprise you.
Here are five unusual reasons people get divorced in California:
Although many people automatically think of teenagers when they think of the term “peer pressure,” adults can also fall prey to it. When a married person spends a good amount of time with single individuals, they might end up considering getting a divorce based on the feedback they receive from their social group. A person who divulges personal information about their struggling relationship to friends outside the marriage may be inclined to listen to their advice. Peer pressure can also come from family members. If there’s a family member that continuously complains about the spouse, it’s going to strain the relationship.
Long Drive to Work
Oddly, some studies have shown that if a person commutes more than 45 minutes to and from work, they are more likely to get a divorce. Time spent commuting is time that isn’t spent with the spouse or children. The time the couple spends apart can cause stress, and the individual commuting may be in a foul mood and take their frustration out on their spouse upon arriving home.
Political differences have increasingly become a reason for people to get divorced. People are passionate about their political beliefs and may not be able to accept their spouse’s political opinions if they are very different. Avoiding discussing the topic can potentially save the marriage, but that might prove to be impossible, which can lead to both individuals hurling insults and accusations around. Ultimately, it can spell divorce.
Technology addiction has become an increasingly popular reason for divorce in recent years, especially when one spouse is always playing video games. This practice may mean they are ignoring or neglecting their spouse, which can lead to hurt feelings and anger. The individual with the technology addiction may even be neglecting their household duties, which can double the strain on the relationship. A significant focus on social media can likewise play a role in a couple divorcing.
Sudden Rise to Fame
One person in a couple suddenly rising to fame can also trigger divorce. If the new status gets to the individual’s head and they begin neglecting their spouse, it leads to resentment and anger. A sudden change in lifestyle and behavior like that can take its toll on the relationship.
Riverside Divorce Lawyers on Your Side
At Bratton Razo & Lord, our team of compassionate and skilled divorce lawyers in Riverside aim to help you achieve favorable terms in all matters of divorce. We have helped countless spouses resolve issues pertaining to custody, visitation, child support, spousal support, debt division, and more in a way that stands to benefit them in the long-run after divorce.
We understand that divorcing your spouse is not an easy decision; however, we strive to make the process as easy as possible so that you and your family can adjust to your new life.
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