Some of the most common reasons for divorce are money problems, infidelity, addictions, incompatibility and “irreconcilable differences”. Florida is a no-fault state, meaning that people seeking a divorce do not have to allege a particular reason why they are doing so, only that they no longer wish to be married.
Money problems are a very common reason why couples choose to divorce. Partners in a marriage may have very different ideas about how money should be spent, which can lead to arguments. Living in poverty can also add additional stress to a marriage that is already falling apart.
Infidelity is another common reason why many couples are seeking divorce. Infidelity may include emotional affairs. Whether infidelity has occurred once or multiple times, it tends to significantly damage trust in a relationship. When the damage becomes irrevocable, the parties may decide it is time to seek a divorce.
“Irreconcilable differences” is a general phrase meaning that the parties in a divorce cannot work out their problems. Signs of irreconcilable differences include constant arguments, unwillingness to compromise and growing hostility.
Spouses who realize their marriage has broken down may wish to consult an attorney as one of the first steps in the divorce process. Rulings made in a divorce proceeding can affect both spouses for the rest of their lives. Child custody decisions can affect how much parenting time each parent is allowed and how much child support a non-custodial parent will be required to pay. In many cases, the parties may be able to reach an agreement without proceeding to a hearing. An attorney can play an important role in the negotiation process, especially when communication between the spouses has broken down.