When it comes to divorce, most of us have seen it be problematic for a family close to us and if it happens you can’t help but think why? It’s not uncommon, and from 2009 to 2010 the latest data shows that there was an increase of almost 5%. But, should we be worried? Why does it seem so common?
Data and statistics flood the internet on a daily basis, as people continually quantatively and qualitatively record a whole host of things. Some are interesting, some not so much, others shocking or just backing up what we all think. The latest statistics on record show that they are rising again to nearly 120,000, but you have to take into account that 2009 was the lowest year for divorce since 1974.
There are many things that come to mind when we hear divorce; adultery, behaviour and mid-life crisis among them. And, this isn’t too surprising when you consider that the highest numbers were found between women and men aged 40 to 44. With this in mind you would be forgiven for worrying whether the spark runs out at some point. There could be some truth in this when you note that 33% of marriages since 1995 ran their course by the 15th wedding anniversary.
So, why do divorces happen?
Divorce law is something that is continually in the news and speculation on why people separate is an almost daily argument. Stats from the accountancy firm, Grant Thornton, last year revealed that extramarital affairs are no longer the leading reason for divorce in the United Kingdom. Their findings showed:
That said, some believe that the celebrity culture we have in this country is leading to affairs being viewed in a different light. The likes of model Abbey Clancy staying with footballer Peter Crouch has affected the behaviour and maybe infidelity is more frequently survived now.
How can you reduce the risk of divorce?
Some people live by the motto of everything happens for a reason, or whatever happens happens. In the modern world, this isn’t the most practical view to take of the world. This is especially true when it comes to marriage, and oftentimes it will be a lack of communication that can destroy a marriage. When you’re too busy with the children or pushing for that promotion, try to remember these top tips: