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This behavior is the most common predictor of divorce

On Behalf of | Feb 12, 2016 | Uncategorized

People decide to end marriages for a variety of reasons, and it is important to note that no two Arizona unions are every exactly the same. Researchers, believe, however, that there are certain behaviors that can eat away at any marriage and can eventually lead to divorce. According to the researchers behind one study, as many as 93 percent of divorces occur in marriages where at least one partner holds the other in contempt.

Contempt is a blend of anger and disgust and occurs when one partner views the other as somehow lesser or unworthy. Once a spouse has contempt for his or her partner, it becomes very difficult for that spouse to relate to the party that has been deemed inferior. The result is a complex blend of behaviors that will inevitably take a toll on the marriage.

Symptoms of contempt include a partner who is unwilling to listen to one’s concerns or one who speaks in a dismissive or condescending tone. Eye-rolling and excessive sarcasm are also indicative of contempt. Individuals who approach their significant other with contempt can change those behaviors, but doing so will take a degree of time and effort. Unless the offending spouse is willing to make a conscious effort to set aside these negative behaviors and try to create a closer connection with their partner, the relationship is unlikely to move forward in a positive manner.

For Arizona spouses who have lived within a marriage that is defined by contempt, the time may come when divorce seems like the best possible course of action. Living in a relationship where one is not valued or supported can be incredibly draining over time and can cause real damage to one’s self esteem. Spouses who find themselves in this position may want to schedule a consultation with a divorce attorney to review their options and to learn more about the divorce process and likely outcomes.

Source:, “Relationship Killer: Study Says That This One Behavior Can Accurately Indicate Divorce Or Separation Of A Couple“, Daniel, Jan. 29, 2016