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Common Times That Couples Divorce


We hope that marriage will last forever, but some couples start drifting apart at certain times. This may happen as soon as the honeymoon is over. It may happen after kids are born. Maybe it happens after the Seven Year Itch or when the kids move out.

Divorce can happen at any time, but there are patterns. Here are the most common times in which couples divorce.

Post-Honeymoon Phase

This doesn’t just refer to your post-wedding trip to the Bahamas or the weeklong cruise you went on after you exchanged vows. The honeymoon phase in a marriage can last a few months or a few years. Everything is new and exciting. You’re so in love with your spouse that nothing bothers you. But once that newness fades, you may start to get irritated with married life. That’s why many couples break up around Year 3.

Having a Child

Children can be exciting but they can also be a source of stress. Babies and young children require a lot of time, care, attention, and money. The lack of sleep causes exhaustion, which can tear apart a marriage. There are too many demands and the parents can’t keep up. The spouses no longer spend time together, causing marriages to struggle.

Seven-Year Itch

After seven years of marriage, the couple falls into a routine and the novelty wears off. Life becomes boring and mundane. Spouses go to work, go home, take care of kids, and go to bed. The spontaneity is gone and the couples feel as if they are bored or growing apart.

Year 15

After roughly 15 years of marriage, couples struggle. Many live separate lives at this point. The children are getting older and the couples are pretty much living as roommates. The spark is gone and couples may feel the need to divorce and get out of this situation.

Retirement Years

Many couples divorce later in life. When a couple divorces after age 50, this is called a gray divorce. Gray divorces have been on the rise in the past decade as people live longer and decide they don’t want to be in an unhappy marriage for 25-30 more years. Gray divorces often happen once the children move out and couples are dealing with empty nest syndrome. Once they realize that they have nothing keeping them together anymore, couples divorce. Also, many couples change their expectations, making it harder for them to stay on the same page as their spouse. Their spouse may be trying to pull them in another direction, and this causes couples to throw in the towel as they near retirement.

Seek Legal Help

Marriages are unpredictable. Couples may break up unexpectedly without reason, but sometimes there are patterns involved.

No matter at what point in your life you divorce, Fort Lauderdale divorce lawyer Edward J. Jennings, P.A. can help. We’ll provide you effective representation. Schedule a consultation today by filling out the online form or calling 954-764-4330.


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