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Can You Solve Irreconcilable Differences?


When a couple divorces, the usual reason given for the marriage breakup is “irreconcilable differences.”  The idea behind irreconcilable differences is that some problems cannot be resolved and divorce is the only option. Irreconcilable differences occur when the spouses cannot get along with each other and the marriage ultimately falls apart.

Marriages often fall apart due to aggressive behaviors and differences of opinion. When everything turns into an argument, it’s time to call it quits. However, you don’t necessarily have to get a divorce. If you and your spouse want to put in the work, you can stay together. But it won’t be easy. Here are some things you can do to save your marriage.

Differences in Personality

No two people have the exact same personality. You and your spouse may be similar, but it’s the little things that may drive you nuts. For example, you may be more laid back, but your spouse may be constantly stressed out. What you can do is focus on each other’s strengths. Let each person handle the things they are good at rather than focusing on weaknesses. Just be sure to communicate.

Financial Problems

Many couples suffer from financial issues. One spouse may make financial decisions without the other’s consent. Some couples hide money from each other. The good news is that you can fix this. Be open and honest about your finances. Don’t hide major purchases; instead, make those decisions together. It’s also a good idea to understand your spouse’s relationship with money.

Anger and Resentment

Built-up anger and resentment can occur when a person’s expectations are not met. The person becomes disappointed in their spouse. When these feelings are not communicated, they become bottled up. This turns to anger over time and causes a person to lash. If you can get counseling before this happens, you and your spouse can learn to better communicate.

Constant Arguing

Constant arguing should not be the norm in your marriage. If it is, it’s time to take steps to end it, and that often means ending the marriage. However, if you are both willing to seek help from a therapist, you may be able to fix your communication patterns.

Lack of Trust

 This can be a major issue in a marriage. If spouses cannot trust each other, then the relationship is pretty much over. However, this does not necessarily have to be the end of your marriage. If our spouse is willing to admit to their mistakes and make changes, you can take steps forward to rebuild trust in each other. However, the relationship has to be a priority for both you and your partner.

Seek Legal Help

Irreconcilable differences do not have to be a death sentence for a marriage. If you and your spouse are both willing to put in the work, the marriage has a chance of surviving.

But if there’s minimal effort, things aren’t going to change. If divorce is on the horizon, seek legal help from Fort Lauderdale divorce lawyer Edward J. Jennings, P.A. Discuss your situation with us and see how we can help. To schedule a consultation with our office, call 954-764-4330 or fill out the online form.



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