Marriage is one of the oldest and most universal institutions in the entire world, traditionally designed to unite a man and woman into one household that can bear children. Today, some parts of the world have also legalized same-sex marriage, and same-sex households are known for adopting children and raising them. But divorce, the legal end of a marriage, is more common than ever. Many Americans, roughly 40% of all married spouses, end up divorced for one reason or another. When a spouse determines that they must end their marriage, they can turn to divorce mediation services, divorce attorneys, and even child custody lawyers to handle this officially. No one enjoys divorce, to be sure, but a divorce mediation service can make a simple divorce smooth and fair, while divorce lawyers can navigate the complex paperwork of a larger and more expensive divorce.
Why Divorce Happens
What might drive someone to end their marriage? Many statistics and surveys are conducted to tra