Top 10 Reasons Why People Get Divorced

1 2

Marriages are made in Heaven, but all it takes is a few misunderstandings and the D word to break it up. One might spend a good amount of their early life time dreaming of the perfect extravagant Hawaii wedding with cherubic flower girls showering white orchids and a big wedding cake and the next part of the life living as an embittered divorcee paying a huge alimony to the estranged spouse. While some marriages are better off broken, others could be worked out with a little understanding and adjustments. So why do marriages end in divorces? Here are ten most common reasons why the happy couple may be waging a court war against one another.


1. Lack of sex

lack of sexSexual intimacy is the bedrock of marital life and even though people might like to pretend that all they require is emotional and spiritual satisfaction, the fact remains that sexual dysfunction or lack of sexual intimacy is one of the primary reasons for most divorces to occur. Sex is man’s most primeval need, it is natural, biological and necessary and marriage serves as the socially and religiously sanctioned institution for procreation and sexual satiation. When that stops, the marriage collapses and it is no rocket science to understand its implications. It may often be a result of physical incapability or psychological reasons and may lead to other repercussions like infidelity and consistent fights between the couple. Needless to say, such a marriage loses no time in hitting rock bottom.


2. Financial differences

financial differencesWhen you’re hungry, love won’t keep you alive, and this happens to be life’s biggest lesson. Money matters, so it is only a matter of time before career and financial reasons start affecting a marriage. With more and more Indian women venturing out of their domestic space to earn their own living, the traditional patriarchal authority gets challenged every day, arguments between couple can range from why the female partner would be required to earn when the male partner is already earning (a clear indication of how the male ego suffers a blow by an the independent woman’s achievements) to how the task of bread winning should be split. People somehow refrain from an open discussion about money habits and one’s financial habits may well be hidden from the other until they get married. Jeffrey Dew who conducted a research titled Examining the Relationship Between Financial Issues and Divorce published in 2012 in the journal Family Relations believes that arguments about money may actually be indicative of deeper issues related to the marriage like power relations or trust between the couple.


3. Because the spouse couldn’t keep it in the pants (Infidelity)

InfidelityBill Clinton did it, David Beckham did it and so did Tiger Woods. Infidelity is an important reason why most couples divorce. While the factors can be several, the most important one springs from the sudden disinterest or lack of sexual passion in a marriage. The cheating spouse can still very much be in love with his or her partner and yet be unfaithful. Men often cheat to save their failing marriage, says marriage and family therapist, Susan Mandel. However, the fact remains that while involved in a steamy affair, it becomes difficult to work on something so grounded with responsibilities like a marriage as compared to the excitement that a casual fling may provide. Thus, the marriage ends a premature death just because one of them couldn’t keep it in their pants.


4. Lack of Communication

lack of communicationTwo kids and ten summers later, the passion in a marriage may almost wane into nothingness. Routine, career, children become important factors why two people, married to one another, forget to communicate and one fine day they may wake up to realise what a perfect sham their marriage had been. The pain of this realisation ends in a fast divorce, however, by that time either of them is too exhausted by the entire institution of marriage and the utter futility of it to indulge in it again. The fast paced jobs, the demands of rearing kids all form the part and parcel of living in a competitive world and being responsible parents at the same time, but what couples separated by a gulf of no communication fail to realise is that the crux of their marriage should be the sustenance of it.


5. Abuse

abuseThe partner is equal in marriage and should be treated with love and respect. However, domestic and spousal abuse remains one of the insistent realities of failing marriages. It often springs from a feeling of insecurity that the partner might be cheating or insecurity related to financial and career related aspects. It may also be a result of substance abuse that the abuser may be prone to. Notwithstanding, marriages where one partner is treated like a punching bag doesn’t stand much chance of lasting. With better laws against domestic abuse being formulated in India in the last decade, it has helped end many unsuccessful and detrimental marriages like these that are better off broken.


1 2

About The Author