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Hopelessness can be a predictor of divorce

On Behalf of | Sep 11, 2018 | Divorce |

There are a number of factors that could affect whether or not a Texas couple is likely to divorce, and one of the most significant could be when one partner feels a sense of hopelessness. When people in happy relationships come home after a hard day, they can take solace and support from their partners. One couples therapist said that she looks at the level of hopelessness in a relationship to determine whether a couple is more likely to split. When people are hopeless, they feel that nothing more can be done to keep the relationship together.

When this is the case, it is important that each person be able to come to terms with the future and make important decisions about divorce. In 1992, University of Washington researchers said that disappointment and disillusionment in the marriage were the most important predictors of a split. When couples began the study without hope, they were more likely to be living separately three years after.

There were a number of reasons cited as to why this sense of hopelessness could be such a significant predictor of divorce. In some cases, the couples may have had unrealistic or excessively romantic expectations of what married life would be like. In other cases, they had already gone through serious problems and ongoing conflict before even considering marital counseling. Still others may be indifferent by the time they reach this stage, and they may no longer seek to win the approval of their spouses.

After people marry, they may discover serious incompatibilities about issues like financial planning or parenting. If a spouse is thinking about divorce, a family law attorney may be able to help. A lawyer may provide advice and representation throughout the process on a range of issues, including property division, child custody and spousal support.