Some people might assume that couples in Minnesota and around the country divorce for reasons such as infidelity or substance abuse, but a study that appeared in the Journal of Sex & Marital Therapy suggests that this is not the case. More than 2,300 people participated in the study, which found that reasons related to emotional fulfillment were the main ones.
The main reason cited was a lack of love in the marriage. Nearly half of all respondents said that this led to their divorce. In second place was poor communication, with 44% of people reporting that this contributed to the marriage’s breakdown. One respondent said her husband simply didn’t talk. In third place was the inability to build trust. A lack of respect was also a significant factor, and according to some psychologists, couples need respect even more than they need love for a marriage to last. In fourth place was a sense of growing apart. Some couples find over time that their long-term goals and lifestyles do not mesh.