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5 red flags that a divorce may be imminent

Many Minnesota spouses spent most of 2023 arguing and growing distant from each other. Most of them want 2024 to be different — to be better. Some have determined that the way to accomplish this is to file for a divorce, believing that it’s better to go separate ways than stay in an unhappy marriage. Several issues often arise and may become overwhelming in a marriage just before one or the other spouse decides to end the relationship.

No two marriages are the same, and just because you experience one or more of these issues doesn’t necessarily mean you or your spouse will file for a divorce. However, in many cases, people who have decided to divorce later say that these issues were relevant in the breakdown of their relationships. It’s understandable that a spouse who decides to divorce will want to achieve a swift and amicable settlement.

Divorce often occurs when these elements exist in a marriage

Some spouses who experience these issues can salvage their relationships, while others decide it’s best to file for divorce:

  • Infidelity
  • Lack of commitment
  • Constant bickering or conflict
  • Substance abuse
  • Domestic violence

Spouses who argue nearly every day often do so about child-related issues, money, in-law issues or other relationship issues, such as not feeling appreciated. In every age group — even spouses who are in their late 50s and older — infidelity ranks on the top of most lists for reasons that Minnesota spouses file for divorce. The other issues, especially substance abuse, have also been the cause of breakdown in many marriages in recent years.

Times have changed, and it has had an impact on marriages

In recent years especially, many couples have undergone severe health problems, loss of income, deaths of family members and other issues that have caused tremendous strain in their marriages. In some cases, counseling or making a commitment to spend more time together and work out their differences have helped couples restore their marriages. If you’ve tried that, and it hasn’t worked, you should not be embarrassed or feel ashamed. You are notalone in your struggle.

If you have decided to file for divorce, you’ll want to carefully review Minnesota laws that are relevant in your case, such as child custody laws or property division regulations. This state operates under a guideline known as “separate property” in divorce. It’s important to understand the implications this will have for your settlement. You have a right to a fair deal, and there are several things you can do to ensure that you get one.