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Study shows major reasons preventing divorce

Making the choice to get divorced is likely one of the hardest decisions many people will face in their lives. It usually represents a major change in the direction of an individual's life, especially so if the couple had children and a large amount of marital property over the course of their marriage. Besides the emotional toil which many people feel, the technical side of a divorce can seem overwhelming to individuals who are not sure what to expect.

According to research conducted on behalf of Slater & Gordon, these are all amongst the major reasons why an individual might choose not to get divorced, even if they are unhappily married. The research look at the decision making process of 2,000 unhappy marriages to determine what influenced their choice to stay married.

The results of their research may not be surprising to many: the most commonly reported reason for not getting a divorce was a lack of the courage to do so. This was followed by thoughts of potential regret as well as a desire to fix marital problems. Farther down on the lists were more pragmatic concerns such as keeping the family together, financial wellbeing and concerns over property division.

The study also concluded that men were most likely to worry about how a divorce would influence family's relationships, while women were found to be concerned about financial insecurity post-divorce.

While there may be many reasons for a couple to stay married, those who do decided to get divorced do not necessarily need to fear the divorce process. While it's true that some contentious divorces can be long and drawn out processes, many divorces are settled in mediation. This is a process where agreements for property division, child support and custody are mutually agreed upon outside of a trial and then approved by a judge.

If mediation is a possibility during a divorce, it may be beneficial to consider it as an option. Discussing its benefits with a knowledgeable legal expert can help an individual make a decision for what works best for them.

Source: abc15.com, "Unhappy couples stay together back of lack of courage to divorce, study shows," Weslle Swift, July 22, 2013

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