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Spending time apart can make divorce more likely

On Behalf of | May 21, 2024 | Divorce

Do you feel that you and your spouse are drifting apart? The connection that you felt earlier in your relationship is simply gone. You may not have experienced any major conflicts, but it definitely feels like the relationship is changing – and perhaps ending.

The truth is that many couples will file for divorce simply because they have drifted apart. So why does this happen? One thing to consider is that couples are more likely to get divorced if they spend an excessive amount of time apart. Below are two examples of how this can occur.

A military divorce

For one thing, members of the military tend to have relatively high divorce rates compared to the civilian population. Part of this is because military members also generally get married younger, and young marriages are more likely to end in divorce. Another part of the issue is that deployments can be very long. Military couples may have to spend months apart, and this can take a toll on their personal relationship.

A long commute

Another example is when one person has a long commute, which also makes a divorce more likely. For instance, if the commute is over 45 minutes, the odds of divorce go up by about 40%. This shows how it doesn’t even need to be a long-term military deployment that causes a couple to drift apart. Simply spending an above-average amount of time apart on a daily basis can take a toll over time.

Do you believe you and your spouse are heading toward a divorce? If so, take the time to look into all of your legal options.