When you look at the statistics, keeping a marriage alive can seem like a pretty hard task. Reports vary depending on several factors, such as the age at which you marry – however, the figures are generally discouraging – sitting anywhere between 30% and 60% of all marriages ending in divorce.
Just as an FYI, you should know that this post is sponsored by the Victorian Responsible Gambling Foundation. But all opinions expressed by the author are 100 per cent authentic and written in their own words.
While there are hundreds of problems that can lead to a relationship break-up, the following are eight of the most common:
1. Lack of communication
There’s a distinct difference between talking and communicating. It can be far too easy to slip into a routine where you’re not really hearing what your partner is saying, or not conveying your deeper feelings. Think how often you see a couple out at dinner together, each of them looking at social media on their phones rather than interacting with one another.
2. Lack of affection and intimacy
So many factors can affect the romance in your relationship and of course, your sex life.
How many people do you know that answer the simple question of “how have you been?” with, “busy.”
Juggling work, family and a myriad of other things leads to exhaustion, which leads to a shift in priorities and so often affection and intimacy is neglected.
3. Financial problems
Money is the root of all evil. That’s how the saying goes isn’t it? The constant struggle to get on top of your bills, to keep up your mortgage payments or perhaps to enter the housing market. It’s an added stress that can quickly take its toll on a relationship.
Of course, I’m not talking about getting dressed up for the odd day at the races or a flutter on the Melbourne Cup. Rather, it’s when gambling begins to draw your focus away from your family and from your marriage that issues can arise. Gambling has a significant impact on relationships in Australia, with about 1,600 gambling-related divorces each year. For every person who experiences problems with gambling, a further five to 10 people are affected.