Divorce and poor communication — or a complete lack of communication — often go hand-in-hand. Couples have to know how to communicate to keep a marriage strong. Not doing so, even before the marriage itself, can eventually lead them to a divorce.
Some areas in which good communication is key include:
- Talking about personal interests and how to spend free time during the marriage. When someone feels like the marriage eliminated all chances for favorite hobbies and pastimes, it can grow very taxing.
- Talking about whether or not to have children. When two people disagree and cannot find any compromise, it can lead to divorce as the person who wants kids feels compelled to find a new partner.
- Talking about career goals. This is especially true if one spouse expects the other to become a homemaker or a stay-at-home parent. If that other spouse expects to keep working toward a successful career, this disconnect can make both unhappy.
- Talking about what is expected within the marriage. What roles does each person assume the other will take on? What expectations do they both have? Unmet expectations can ruin a marriage, but the reality may be that the other person does not even know the spouse had those expectations in the first place.
- Talking about living arrangements. When one person wants to buy a home in the suburbs and the other wants to rent an apartment in the city, it can lead to conflicts.
When two people do not communicate well regarding these important topics and the marriage erodes, it is important for them to know what legal rights they have during divorce.