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The real reasons for divorce

Are you wondering if you're going to get divorced? Maybe it feels like celebrity divorces show up in the news every day, and you imagine that same end is coming for your marriage. Maybe you heard that half of all couples in America get divorced, so you think it's just statistically likely that you follow that trend.

What you need to keep in mind is that all marriages and all divorces have their own reasons for working or not working. Don't assume you'll get divorced just because of the news or the statistics. Instead, look at some of the reasons people split up and then examine your own marriage. If you notice these same things, it could indicate that you too will eventually end your marriage.

With that in mind, here are a few common reasons:

1. Alcohol and drug addiction

The biggest problems with this crop up when one person has an addiction problem and the other does not. In fact, some spouses have told their significant others that they simply cannot drink any longer. Upon finding out that it was still happening behind their backs, they instantly asked for a divorce. That ultimatum meant something.

2. Unfaithfulness

This is perhaps the least surprising entry on the list. In many cases where infidelity occurs and the other spouse finds out -- or where both are unfaithful to the marriage -- that is the end of the relationship. While you can find couples who manage to stay together, doing so is incredibly hard for most people. All it takes is one instance for them to end a marriage that perhaps had no other real problems.

3. Growing apart over time

When you got married, you and your spouse shared interests and visions for the future. As you grew up, you drifted farther and farther apart. This may happen more often with those who get married very young -- at 18, for instance, and before brain development is complete. However, it can happen at any age. People change, and sometimes marriages don't survive it.

4. Money and stress

Financial stress hurts a marriage like nothing else, save for perhaps infidelity. Even it is different, though, as it may last for years or decades, with things only getting worse, until couples who tried to stay together just can't do it anymore. Financial stress may be worst when one person spends differently than the other -- perhaps because of addictive behaviors like the ones noted above. Other issues include debt, job loss, medical conditions and more.

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Do you see these issues in your marriage, and do you think you're going to get divorced? It's important to know what legal steps you can take in Colorado.

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