A study conducted and reported by the National Fatherhood Initiative earlier this year recently came to my attention as an article on my news-outlet internet homepage.  The headline was rather striking: “The 8 Most Common Reasons for Divorce.” http://www.msn.com/en-us/lifestyle/marriage/the-8-most-common-reasons-for-divorce/ss-AA3gtcM  Surely, I thought, the complicated and interwoven reasons people decide to divorce cannot be boiled down into “8 Simple Reasons.”  But, my incredulity aside, the reported reasons are:

  1. Lack of Commitment from the other spouse (62%)
  2. Too Much Arguing (56%)
  3. Infidelity (55%)
  4. Marrying Too Young (46%)
  5. Unrealistic Expectations (45%)
  6. Lack of Equality in the relationship (44%)
  7. Lack of Preparation for marriage (41%)
  8. Abuse (29%)

Respondents were allowed to select multiple reasons which accounts for the fact that these percentages clearly add up to more than 100%.  Obviously, then, determining the “why’s” of divorce is not quite so simple – even when we try to make it seem that way.


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