Can financial trouble, related stress cause divorce?

Every year, thousands of Californians decide to move forward with the divorce process. While some people saw this coming for a long time, others were surprised to learn that their partner no longer wanted to stay committed to their marriage.

No two couples are in the same position. No two couples split up for the exact same reason.

There are many causes of divorce, including financial trouble and the stress that it can put on a relationship. When two people begin to face money-related difficulties, the stress is often too much to handle. It leads to constant arguments, and the eventual thought of divorce.

To protect against this, it is important for both partners to be on the same page regarding their finances. This way, there are never any surprises. Furthermore, it is a good idea to keep an open line of communication. If both parties are involved in the decision-making process, such as when and how to spend money, it is less likely that a fight will come to the forefront.

Nobody ever said marriage was easy. Nobody ever said there wouldn't be rough times along the way, frequently caused by financial trouble.

If you want to improve your chance of avoiding divorce, do your best to settle financial troubles as they come to light. This will make both parties happier, while also lessening any related stress.

Of course, there are times when no level of planning or conversation can save a marriage. In this case, both parties need to move on with divorce and hope for better from future relationships.

Source: Psychology Today, "How Financial Problems & Stress Cause Divorce" accessed Mar. 18, 2015

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