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Many marriages may be saved with professional conflict resolution

Not all marriages fit in the happily-ever-after category. In many marriages, there are seemingly insignificant differences between spouses that may ultimately grow into contention and even cause couples to file for divorce. However, Massachusetts couples may find comfort in learning that experienced divorce attorneys may assist them in finding suitable divorce mediators to facilitate a conflict resolution that may be able to save their marriages.

According to a recent AARP report, infidelity is the cause of many break-ups. Extra-marital affairs can be caused by resentment, anger, growing apart, varied interests or mismatched sexual appetites. Many couples blame financial problems for their incompatibility that may include a lack of money, one spouse's spending habits or one spouse having total control over the family finances. Sometimes couples lose the ability to communicate effectively, and others develop such diverse interests that they become incompatible and grow apart.

Abuse -- both mental and physical -- is quoted as the cause of many divorces, and addiction to alcohol, drugs or gambling can wreck marriages. Studies have shown that age plays a significant role in the longevity of marriages. It showed that couples who got married at an age when both spouses had reached maturity manage to overcome their differences more effectively than younger, less mature couples. Some marriages fall apart when parents have completely different parenting styles, and there are even those who fall out of love when their spouses gain weight.

Massachusetts couples who are contemplating divorce may want to do everything in their power to save their marriages before filing for divorce. Most issues can be resolved through conflict resolution, and, rather than following the advice of friends and family, professional guidance may be beneficial. However, if all else fails, experienced family law attorneys are available to protect the rights of those who decide that divorce is the answer.

Source: divorce.lovetoknow.com, "Top Reasons for Divorce", Shannon Johnson, Accessed on June 26, 2015

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