Although most couples walk down the aisle with high hopes, not all marriages last forever. Certain behaviors or attitudes can erode the relationship over time. For the most part, though, there are some pretty specific things that break a marriage the fastest, according to a divorce attorney.
To learn more, Romper spoke with divorce attorney Christy Zlatkus, who has been practicing in divorce cases for about 10 years. As a professional who has worked with hundreds of couples going through the process of separation, Zlatkus has unique insight into marriages overall. There were certain themes that came up among the couples in pursuit of a divorce.
That said, most every marriage takes some work, and it's natural to experience disconnect from time to time. To make sure you and your spouse are communicating effectively, then seeing a marriage counselor may be helpful. Thankfully, effective communication is a skill that can be learned.
And even in the event of a separation, divorce isn't necessarily a bad thing. In the case of abuse within the relationship, separation may be the healthiest choice for everyone. (If you or a loved one is dealing with an abusive relationship, call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1−800−799−7233 or 1−800−787−3224 for help.) And even in otherwise healthy relationships, occasionally partners decide to part ways for other reasons. Sometimes that's best. But for people who want to keep a marriage going for years and years, be aware of the common reasons for divorce.