For many couples, the prenuptial agreement is shrouded in mystery or it is just something that the couple won't consider because of preconceived notions about the contract. That's perfectly understandable because there was a time -- and it wasn't too long ago -- when prenuptial agreements were frowned upon. But now, these contracts are huge parts of not only the divorce process, but the couple's marriage as well.
As human beings, we all have certain wants and needs and when these things aren’t being fulfilled or met, we tend to feel unbalanced. For married couples, a spouse who feels unbalanced may, on some level, blame his or her wife or husband. Regardless of how different couples and spouses can be, all married couples argue and, according to marriage and family counselor and researcher Dr. John Gottman, the topics of these arguments tend to be similar.
We frequently write about the many concerns, issues and challenges facing individuals who are planning or going through the divorce process. Given the numerous emotional, personal and financial difficulties associated with the divorce process; it seems unlikely that anyone would choose to get married unless he or she was 100 percent confident in and committed to a significant other. However, a recent UK study of more than 1,600 divorcees revealed that nearly half had serious doubts about getting married in the first place.
According to the U.S. Census Department, as of 2012, roughly 47 percent of U.S. women age 16 and older worked outside the home. When compared to the roughly 30 million U.S. women who worked outside the home in 1970, by 2012 that number had more than doubled to 74.8 million.
For couples who choose to marry, some may wonder if their marriage will be one of the 50 percent that lasts. While, when it comes to predicting divorce, there's no crystal ball; there are definitely factors that increase the likelihood that a marriage will not endure until death do us part.
We've previously discussed the many changes and challenges that frequently accompany the divorce process. Whether an individual wants to admit it or not, divorce impacts every facet of one’s life and it can be difficult to cope with and adapt to changes in living arrangements, personal finances and parenting schedules.
In many cases, when a spouse files for divorce, a couple has spent months or years embroiled in conflict and it's not a total surprise. There are, however, cases where a husband or wife claims to have been blindsided by a spouse’s decision to file for divorce. It often isn't until after the papers have been filed that an individual can look back and realize that a spouse was laying the groundwork for an impending divorce.
Making the decision to file for divorce is one that is often preceded by months or even years of conflict and unhappiness. Individuals who are facing the end of a marriage may experience a range of emotions and feelings including confusion, relief, sadness, anxiety, hope and fear. While completely normal and healthy, these types of strong emotions and feelings can cloud one's ability to think rationally and make it difficult to plan for and make decisions that will ultimately benefit in the future.
There are many famous stories throughout history about individuals from different social classes falling in love. In nearly all of these types of stories, the so-called star-crossed lovers are often kept apart and forbid to marry or associate with those outside their social class.
When two people pledge to share their lives together and marry, many utter wedding vows promising to be together during good and bad times and in sickness and health. However, the results of a recent study indicate that married couples are more likely to divorce when the wife falls ill.