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What is the number one predictor of divorce?

Many Florida spouses have lived for years with a partner who seems to have little regard for their feelings, opinions or perspective. This can wear away at a marriage over time and can lead many spouses to consider filing for divorce. At the heart of this type of marital distress lies contempt, a nasty blend of anger and disgust. According to researchers, marriages in which there is contempt on the part of one or both spouses are far more likely to end up in divorce than those where contempt plays no role.

One way that contempt can manifest itself is through an inability for one spouse to truly understand the position of the other. Often, the spouse who feels contemptuous believes that he or she is somehow better than his or her partner. That creates a divide that is difficult, if not impossible, to bridge.

For the other partner, it may be hard to pinpoint the root cause of the problem. Understanding that one's spouse has a superiority complex is difficult. In some cases, spouses who are the subject of contempt feel that they have done something wrong, or begin to internalize the message that they are not as worthy as their partner.

Once a Florida spouse has decided to pursue divorce, it is important to understand that contempt is not easy to overcome. Unless the other party is willing to go to great lengths to try and see his or her spouse in a more favorable light and change existing patterns of behavior, there is little likelihood for true and lasting change. In such cases, the best course of action is often to seek divorce, and try to rebuild happiness with a partner who is more appreciative of one's character and virtues.

Source: parentherald.com, "Relationship Killer: Study Says That This One Behavior Can Accurately Indicate Divorce Or Separation Of A Couple", Jan. 29, 2016

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