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Why do couples drift apart?

On Behalf of | Feb 24, 2022 | Family Law

Not every divorce involves infidelity or financial stress, or any of the other common reasons that you see for the end of a marriage. In some cases, nothing dramatic happens at all. Time just goes by, the couple seems to drift apart, and they eventually decide to end the marriage. 

Why does this happen? It’s easy to understand why someone would seek a divorce when they had a more dramatic or obvious reason to do so, but why do couples simply move apart over time? 

Lives move in different ways 

One potential reason is that the two people might be on different paths with their lives. Maybe they both have careers that they’re very invested in, and those careers are pulling them apart. They may eventually have to choose what they care about the most. 

People grow up 

Those who got married at a very young age are realistically still growing up during that marriage. Remember that brain development continues into your mid-twenties. You may simply change over time and become someone new, and that could spell the end of your marriage. 

They don’t spend enough time together 

Couples who are busy often just don’t see each other that often. It may not feel like a huge problem at the time, but it takes a toll. Eventually, this lack of time together may make them feel more like roommates or friends. They don’t necessarily have a problem with each other, but they also don’t feel like being married. 

Seeking a divorce 

These are just a few reasons that you and your spouse may drift apart. If you decide to seek a divorce, you need to know what legal steps to take.