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  • Writer's pictureVer Beek Law, Prof. L.L.C.

The Top Reason for Divorce

One of the most life-changing statements you can say in your lifetime is "I want a divorce." Divorce can come with a negative connotation, but what if divorce is a good thing? Today, we share the number one reason divorce can be for the better and how to know when a divorce is a good option for you.

Is divorce good for me?

While divorce isn't the answer for everyone, divorce may be a good option for you if you are experiencing any form of abuse from your partner. According to research conducted by the United States National Library of Medicine, the most common reasons to make the final decision to divorce were infidelity, domestic violence, and substance use.

The study also found lack of commitment and conflict/arguing were the most commonly reported major contributors to the decision to divorce, however, were not the defining reason to say, "I want a divorce."

How Divorce Can Benefit Everyone

Domestic abuse, family violence, and sexual assault are never okay. Escaping an abusive situation can benefit the entire family by keeping everyone safe from further abuse and avoiding the risk of murder-suicides.

In South Dakota, 27.8% of women and 23.6% of men experience intimate partner physical violence, intimate partner sexual violence, and/or intimate partner stalking. You are not alone. (Source: NCADV)

Will divorce negatively impact my kids?

According to the NCADV, 1 in 15 children are exposed to intimate partner violence each year with the majority of these children eye witnessing the violence. These children are three times more likely than their peers to engage in violent behavior and subject to many short-term and long-term impacts described here. The impact of divorce may outweigh the impact of abuse.

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