When married Oklahoma residents are having problems with their relationship and determine that divorce is the only way to move forward, there are many factors that go into the decision. Researchers have assessed divorce to gauge the most common causes. For those who are having marital issues, the difficulties experienced by others can be a guideline for their situation.

A survey involved 2,371 people whose average age was 45 and who had gotten divorced. The results brought forth interesting revelations as to why people choose to end a marriage. The following reasons were cited most often: an absence of love or intimacy; lack of communication; an erosion of trust, respect and sympathy; and growing apart.

With loss of love or intimacy, 47% stated that they felt the love was gone from the relationship, and they decided to divorce because of it. Extended relationships and loss of feelings were commonly expressed reasons. The loss of communication with people failing to effectively express themselves and reach common ground was mentioned by 44%. Couples not sympathizing, respecting or trusting one another shook the foundation of many marriages and sparked divorce. Once trust is gone, it can be difficult to rebuild. Finally, growing apart came from wanting different things from life or evolving as people.

Among the participants, 44% moved forward with the divorce on their own, and 40% experienced their partner initiating the divorce. With 16%, they mutually decided to divorce. Forty percent stated that the divorce was low conflict while 29% said there was extensive conflict. Statistics aside, divorce is a complex and life-changing matter in myriad ways. With spousal support, child custody, property division and other concerns, it may be important to have a Tulsa, Oklahoma, divorce law firm to provide representation for an individual.