NOTHING in life lasts forever.
While that sentiment may sound harsh, it is one of the sad realities of life.
Take marriage for example. When two people profess their love for each other through their wedding vows, one always hopes their marriage will live up to the vows and be a “till death do us part” arrangement.
While some marriages get to experience that bitter-sweet moment, some, if not most marriages lately, end in divorce.
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According to StatsSA’s recent divorce statistics, South Africa’s stats indicate that divorce in the country is trending downward.
In 2019, there were 129 597 recorded marriages to 23 710 divorces. The divorce rate was 6.2% lower than in 2019, which continues the downward trend starting in 2010.
While the South African divorce outlook may seem positive, globally South Africa, Egypt and the Seychelles are among the countries with the highest divorce rates.
So, why do couples choose divorce?
Business Tech looks at some of the reasons why couples decide to divorce:
Lack of communication
Without proper communication, no relationship can ever be adequate. Communication in a marriage does not mean agreeing with each other. Couples who have communication problems, which usually lead to divorce, cannot find the middle ground and cannot compromise.
Physical, psychological, financial or emotional abuse
Abusers can be either a husband or a wife, and it is a significant area of concern for many couples. Domestic violence and abuse occur among heterosexual couples, same-sex couples, and anyone living together in the same household. While women and children are the most victimised, men are also abused, especially verbally and emotionally, although sometimes physically too. Domestic violence occurs in all age ranges, ethnic groups, and class levels.
Infidelity is on top of the list of reasons for divorce in South Africa and in the rest of the world. Most people know precisely what infidelity or cheating is but in more formal terms, infidelity goes to the root of the basis of any relationship, namely trust, and it is a violation of mutually agreed rules or boundaries that a couple assumes in their relationship.
Social media flirting and comments contribute to an increasing number of divorces, and social media is affecting privacy and family interaction.
Social media blurs the line between public and private. The nature of social media outlets encourages free-spirited commenting, posting and sharing of information.
Facebook and Instagram have made it easy for people to see if the grass is greener on the other side, especially when so many profiles are just a click away.
Marriage, family, and addiction certainly don’t mix well at all. Any form of addiction has a severe impact on a marriage relationship.