Many California couples considering divorce are likely aware that ending a marriage is not uncommon. In fact, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that 22 percent of couples get divorced within the first five years of being married. There are several main reasons why marriages fail.

Infidelity is one main reason that many couples end up in divorce. Both physical and emotional affairs can be driving forces. Whether the marriage ends in divorce due to one incident or multiple offenses depends on the specific couple. Another reason that some couples get a divorce is due to irreconcilable differences. This means that there are just too many issues between the two individuals to make anything work. Both individuals may fight, causing tension at home that is harmful for their children.

Addictions can also lead to a divorce. Addictions can range from alcohol to drugs to even sex. When a spouse is addicted to something, the marriage often takes a back seat. Eventually, the other spouse may decide that it is time to leave the marriage. Finally, money problems can result in a divorce. Differences in how each spouse spends money can be extremely stressful, especially if the couple is living in poverty.

The end of a marriage can be difficult as the former couple will have to deal with the division of marital property in addition to child custody. If there is no prenuptial agreement, any marital assets may be split right down the middle. A family law attorney could help a person provide proof that certain assets were owned prior to the marriage. Otherwise, the attorney may negotiate with the other party to reach an agreement regarding the split of property and how the home, vehicles, and other assets will be dealt with.