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Can a divorce be predicted ahead of time?

Scientists have spent a lot of time looking into the factors that contribute to a divorce, primarily for the purposes of helping couples to identify their problems so that they are better equipped to work through them and continue their marriage successfully.

However, these factors may also be able to help those considering a divorce to spot the red flags in the marriage and see why undertaking a divorce might result in a positive change for them. The following are some of the most common behaviors that, if present in a marriage, make divorce much more likely.

You criticize each other

If criticism is a common theme in your marriage, it is not a great sign for your future. It does not matter if one person is initiating the criticism or both, but if it is done in a way that is not constructive and is hostile, it is not a behavior that makes for a happy marriage.

You withdraw from each other

One of the most tell-tale signs of a marriage going wrong does not need to include passionate fights and a storm of emotion. A simple withdrawal of emotions and disconnection can say more about the state of a marriage. It can mean that you have both given up hope in investing in each other and trusting in each other.

Deciding to move forward and pursue a divorce can be a very difficult thing to do. It can be especially difficult if you are a high-asset couple that needs to go about dividing up possessions. However, divorce can lead to a better life for both spouses over time.

Source: The Spruce, "Four scientific predictors of divorce," accessed Feb. 09, 2018

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