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Divorce after a decade of marriage not uncommon

21234513_s.jpgWhen a couple announces their decision to get a divorce after more than 10 or 20 years or marriage, many are often shocked. How could they have been together for so long and not found a way to work it out? What happened after 10 plus years of marriage for there to be a divorce?

The answers to these questions really all depend on the couple. However, some broad generalizations were recently made in an article written by journalist Laura Seldon that put some divorces after a decade of marriage into perspective.  

One thing to keep in mind is the role children can play in a marriage. For some couples, they spend their entire marriage parenting and building a home for their children. However, these kids do not stay kids forever and once they are grown and out of the house, some couples look at each other and realize that without children there is nothing left to their marriage. 

Another reason for divorce after a decade or more of marriage is due to the fact that many between the ages of 40 and 65 start to realize that life is really not forever. This naturally can lead to a reevaluation of life, which can lead to a sense of not being fulfilled or not wanting to continue on in a loveless marriage. 

Additionally, as Seldon points out, traumatic events can really start to pile up later on in life. For example, a husband could find himself in charge of caring for aging parents or a wife could end up faced with a series of health problems. Depending on how the couple copes with these events, a breakdown between the two could lead to divorce

Looking back at these reasons, as was mentioned, deciding to get divorced is a personal decision with reasons that vary from couple to couple. These generalizations are only meant to better explain why some Missouri couples may decide it is time for divorce after 10, 15 or 20 plus years of marriage. 

Source: Huffington Post, "Marriage Problems That Lead To Divorce After Decades," Laura Seldon, Sept. 9, 2013

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