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Here's why many Pennsylvania spouses file for divorce

When you got married, you no doubt had hopes and dreams for your future, perhaps including goals to start a business, raise a family or buy your own home. Whether you've been married less than 10 years or for several decades, like most married people in Pennsylvania, your relationship with your spouse has likely encountered certain challenges along the way. Life is an ebb and flow of experiences.

If you're one of many spouses who recently determined that the problems in your marriage are not resolvable, you're not alone in your struggle. Maybe you already attended counseling sessions or tried a number of other ways to restore your relationship. Studies show there are common factors in many divorces.

Lack of preparation ahead of time

How much premarital education about marriage did you and your spouse receive? Many people who divorce say they had certain expectations or ideas about marriage that wound up being untrue. They wish they had learned more about marital relationships before their wedding day.

Matters of faith

Maybe you felt adequately prepared regarding premarital education, but you and your spouse come from different faith backgrounds. When you met, you fell in love, so you tried your best to overlook your differences. You told yourself it didn't matter; then, after being married for a number of years, you realized just how much it did matter.

Chronic health problems can place strain on a marriage

Most Pennsylvania spouses make a promise to their partner to stay together in sickness and in health. This is a promise that is often easier said than done. If you or your spouse has a chronic health condition, it can cause your relationship to crumble. It doesn't mean you don't care about each other. If your divorce has something to do with the stress of dealing health problems, you are certainly not the first spouse to experience a health issue fallout in a marriage.

Other issues that often lead to divorce

Relationships can be challenging, especially in marriage. If your spouse has a substance abuse problem or you have faced serious financial distress and always fight about money, it can take a toll on your marriage. Maybe after having children, you learned that the two of you really do not see eye-to-eye on how to raise them.

Your marriage may have suffered greatly after an extramarital affair. These and many other issues are often considered "straws that break the camel's back." If you relate to one or more of these issues, you'll have some decisions to make about the future.

Reaching out for support

Like all good parents in Pennsylvania and beyond, your children's well-being is your highest priority. Divorce has a significant impact on children's lives, but it doesn't necessarily have to ruin them. Building a strong support network from the start is a key to helping your kids cope and move on in life in as healthy a manner as possible.

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