Helping a Family Member Move on After Marriage Separation or Divorce


Marriage separation and divorce have become a fact of life for many Americans. According to the American Psychological Association, between 40 to 50 percent of married Americans will encounter a divorce or separation at some point in their lives. This means it's about as likely to be separated or divorced as it is not to encounter these marriage problems.

Not all divorces are the same. The reasons for a separation vary from marriage to marriage. The biggest three, however, are:

  • Infidelity - When either partner cheats on the other, it can be the death knell of a marriage. This, according to experts, is the leading cause of divorce among Americans.
  • Money - While you might not expect money to rank as highly among reasons for separation, financial troubles do, in fact, create marriage tension. Some of these end in divorce.
  • Communication Issues - Arguments that become highly charged and drag on for months can result in divorce.