Divorce is a heavy process. This procedure can consume your thoughts and actions. While it seems like divorce is controlling your life, you’re probably thinking, “What caused us to get a divorce?” or “What brought us to this place in our relationship?” There are many causes for divorce, but significant life events, lack of commitment, marrying young, infidelity, and domestic violence are some of the leading causes of divorce in the state of Utah.

1. Significant Life Events

Life is ever changing, sometimes for the better and sometimes for the worse. Significant events in life can cause stress that could propel a relationship toward a divorce. Examples of such events are having a baby, losing a job, a significant illness, or the death of a close friend or family member. These major life events can change the social and emotional dynamic that a relationship was once built on. Many of these major life events can cause financial and emotional stress. If this stress is not dealt with in a healthy way, resentment and anger can build up leading toward a divorce.

2. Lack of Commitment

Lack of commitment between spouses is a major cause of divorce in Utah. Lack of commitment can manifest itself in many ways. Apathy toward a relationship is a way to show your lack of commitment. If couples don’t spend time together or make their relationship a priority, spouses may start entertaining the idea of divorce. Prioritizing other people, activities, or items over your spouse is another manifestation of a lack of commitment in a marriage.

3. Marrying Young

When couples marry young, they have certain ideals and goals that they are working toward. It is common for their spouse to share similar goals and aspirations. As people age, these goals and ideals often change. Personalities also change, and these changes could be a turning point that leads a couple down the road to divorce.

4. Infidelity

Along with having a lack of commitment, infidelity is a leading cause of divorce. Infidelity is commonly viewed as the event that leads to a couple’s divorce. In most situations, infidelity does not come out of nowhere. There are usually problems that lead up to infidelities such as a lack of effective communication, lack of intimacy, and the inability to spend quality time together. Infidelity often does irreparable damage to a relationship.

5. Domestic Violence

Domestic violence is a very serious and dangerous topic. Unfortunately, domestic violence is one of the leading causes of divorce in Utah. Any relationship where domestic violence is present is physically, emotionally, and spiritually damaging. If you are in an abusive relationship, you need to end the relationship and seek refuge. Please call the Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-7233 if you or someone you know is in a relationship where domestic violence is present.

When you get a quiet moment in the whirlwind of divorce and you begin to reflect on why this is happening, there are a plethora of reasons why a divorce could come to pass. In Utah, significant life events, lack of commitment, marrying young, infidelity, and domestic violence are among the leading causes of divorce. If you are going through a divorce and are looking for representation during this trying time, contact us today at The Ault Firm for the representation you deserve.