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What leads to an unhappy marriage?

Chicago residents know that maintaining a marriage is not always easy. Couples may disagree about finances, parenting and chores. While no one goes into a marriage expecting to get a divorce, some couples find they can no longer remain together.

Some people hold the belief that couples will become dissatisfied after they have spent seven years together, which is often referred to as the seven-year itch. Although there is no proof that such a phenomenon truly exists, couples may find that their relationship has run its course, especially after they have had a few children together.

A study done in 1999 showed that couples may experience dissatisfaction in their marriages after four and seven years. The study showed that couples with children experienced dissatisfaction at a more rapid rate than other couples.

A more recent study done last year revealed that couples with children are more likely to divorce after just three years together. Close to half of the respondents said "having a child had driven them apart."

A 2010 study, however, showed that more couples are staying together longer. Researchers found that most people who divorce have been with their partner for more than 10 years.

As Chicago residents are aware, there is no magical formula to follow for a happy marriage. Couples must work hard on their marriage each and every day. However, even when they do that, there is no guarantee that they will remain together. Sometimes divorce is the best solution. Those who make the decision to divorce would likely find it best to work with an experienced family law attorney.

Source: The Huffington Post, "The Seven-Year Itch: Fact or Fiction?" Jennifer Nagy, Jan. 28, 2013

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