If you and your spouse have made the difficult decision to divorce, you have options for resolving the terms without going through the court system. Minnesota courts encourage all couples to try divorce mediation to reach a divorce settlement before litigation. Divorce is relatively common in our society. With nearly 50% of marriages ending in divorce, there are many reasons why marriages do not work. Some of the most common reasons that a couple may decide to divorce include:
1. Loss or lack of trust: When one party begins a close relationship with another person and breaks their marriage vow, trust is lost and it can be extremely difficult to build that trust back. Infidelity is one of the most common causes for divorce. It is important to note that while this is listed as one of the most common reasons for divorce, many of the other issues listed below may contribute to a relationship getting to the point where one party decides to have an extramarital affair.
2. Communication issues: Communication issues are at the root of many different marital problems. Couples can grow apart, develop different interests and priorities and before you know it, communication can break down and result in either lots of arguments or extended periods without healthy communication. For some couples, marriage therapy can help you find ways to communicate better, but for other couples, it is a signal for the end of a marriage.
3. Major life event or stress: A major life event like a job loss, health diagnosis, substance abuse problem can cause a couple to rethink the future of their marriage. Everyone responds to extreme stress differently and sometimes the stress can highlight a weakness in a marriage.
4. Lack of intimacy: Not feeling close to your spouse is often cited as another common reason for divorce. Many couples report feeling more like roommates than spouses and this distance can lead to serious marital problems.
5. Domestic abuse: Physical or emotional abuse is another common cause of divorce. If you are feeling unsafe in your relationship, you should reach out for help as soon as possible. The National Domestic Violence Hotline can be reached by calling 800-799-7233 24/7.
Divorce Mediation As An Option For Settling The Terms Of Your Divorce
If you have questions or want to learn more about the divorce mediation process, AMS Mediation is here to help. Give us a call at 952-252-1492 for more information or to schedule a free consultation.