Maintaining a long-term relationship — and keeping you and your partner happy — is no easy feat. Whether you disagree with your savings goals, have opposite tastes in the movies, or simply can’t agree on who should empty the dishwasher, even the toughest pairs have their differences. Unfortunately, in some cases, those relationships become intractable issues over time. In fact, according to one study, the lack of a single defining factor among married couples—and having nothing to do with their activities in the bedroom—led more than half of them to divorce. Read on to discover what could put your union at risk.
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While cheating, financial infidelity, and abuse are among the most common reasons for marriage breakups, not all relationships break up.
According to a study published in Divorce and Marriage magazineAmong a group of 886 divorced parents, 53 percent said the fact that they were “unable to talk together” was the main incentive to file for divorce.
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However, it’s not just the communication outage that has led to many divorces. In fact, there was one marital problem that was actually cited as a cause of splitting between more people rather than a breakdown in communication.
Among those surveyed as part of Divorce and Marriage magazine In the study, 55 percent said that just being “diverced” led to their split.
While research indicates that up to 15 percent of divorced couples will eventually reconcile, there are specific reasons for dissolution that make getting back together particularly unlikely.
The Divorce and Marriage magazine The study authors found that financial issues, differing tastes, and divergence were associated with lower rates of interest in reconciliation, and there was little interest in reconciliation when it came to cheating or abuse.
While having similar interests and tastes may seem like a sure indication of relationship satisfaction, having a few differences may actually be key to keeping your union intact.
According to a study from Queendom, which analyzed data from 2,560 people who took the site’s relationship satisfaction test, there was no agreement on everything that was the highest predictor of relationship satisfaction. Instead, whether or not the differences between partners were complementary was the best predictor of couples’ happiness in their relationship.
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