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Why Do Some Long-Term Illinois Marriages End in Divorce?

By Nottage and Ward on November 15, 2015

Every Sunday newspaper reports the happy anniversaries of couples who’ve been married twenty, forty, or even fifty years. But for every happy long-term couple, there is a couple seeking to split after decades of marriage.

Why do these couples break up? What can you do if you are contemplating divorce after many years of marriage?

According to the National Association of Social Workers (NASW), common reasons that long-term marriages end in divorce include:

  • One partner falls in love with or has an affair with someone else. The NASW estimates when one partner falls in love with someone else or has an affair, about one in every three marriages end.  Put another way, about 33 percent of marriages don’t recover from an affair.
  • One partner decides “enough is enough” when it comes to abuse. Verbal, physical, or sexual abuse is the number-one reason long-term couples split. The reasons one partner says “enough is enough” vary: time spent in therapy, older children who point out what’s going on, or responses from the legal system can all play a role.
  • The couple grows apart. Sometimes, this growth toward greater maturity for both spouses means that they no longer share common interests or goals. In some cases, one spouse “grows apart” into a substance abuse problem, mental instability, or committing an illegal act that the other just won’t tolerate.

If you’re considering divorce and need help exploring your options, talk to an experienced divorce lawyer. Your lawyer can tell you what legal options are available and help you determine how a divorce might affect your future.

Contact Nottage and Ward, LLP today at (312) 332-2915.


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