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Reasons for getting a divorce

There are a variety of reasons why a California couple might have irreconcilable marital problems. A list that ranks common divorce reasons was created based partly on a study conducted by the National Center for Biotechnology Information.

Having zero commitment to marriage was listed as the top most common reason for a divorce. Seventy-five percent of the individuals who participated in the NCBI's study stated that this was the reason for the end of their marriage. The second most common divorce reason was infidelity. Typical reasons for engaging in an extramarital affair may include issues with insecurity, fear of being abandoned or feelings of neglect. Excessive arguments and conflicts in a marriage is another common reason for getting a divorce. The participants in the study reported that there were generally no effective or calm resolutions to their conflicts and that the conflicts seemed to intensify as time went on.

Getting married at a young age can also be a factor in the failure of a marriage. Information from the Pew Research Center shows that during the last five decades, there have been significant changes in the marriage age. For example, 59 percent of people who were married in 1960 were between the ages of 18 and 29. In 2010, the percentage of married persons in that age range fell to 20 percent.

No matter what the reason, people whose marriages are coming to an end will have to deal with a variety of divorce legal issues pertaining to their situation, including property division and, if applicable, child custody and visitation. They might want to have their attorneys negotiate a settlement rather than having a judge make these decisions.

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