How depressing is it when long time married couples, who face spousal depression, a child's almost near fatal accident, the loss of a presidential bid AND shared the hottest public kiss ever on the stage of a political convention. Although the couple is claiming it was a mutual decision and that they have just "grown apart" according to licensed psychotherapist, Tina Tessina, PhD, and author of Money, Sex and Kids: Stop Fighting about the Three Things That Can Ruin Your Marriage. "Couples who have been married for decades often start to take the relationship for granted, and focus elsewhere—on career or children, for example—and either neglect the relationship, or build up resentment over time because they don't do the work to clear it out," she says. "It's also possible that couples who don't stay in intimate contact can grow apart without realizing it, and then find they're focused on completely different things." see article.
According to studies by the National Marriage Project/University of Virginia, Cambridge University, and the Melbourne Institute of Applied Economic and Social Research, there are many factors that can point to divorce down the long road of matrimony. A few:
If you argue about money once a week with your spouse, you are 30 percent more likely to get divorced than if you argue about money less frequently
If your parents are divorced, you are 40 percent more likely to get divorced
If both of you have been divorced before, you are 90 percent more likely to get divorced than if it was a first marriage for both.