Are negative communication patterns a factor in Texas divorce?

Communication is one of the main factors in keeping a Texas marriage healthy. The Wall Street Journal reports a prevalent reason for a divorce is nagging. This may come as a surprise to some, especially with all of the other reasons people get divorced, but negative communication-including nagging-tends to result in a higher divorce rate.

One man found his marriage crumbling and believes that unrealistic expectations between them, in addition to nagging, resulted in the demise of his marriage. He is now going through the divorce process and thinks the ultimate reason for the failure was the fact they could not communicate with each other. The man claims their relationship started off strong, but nagging took a major toll. Even though he asked repeatedly for it to stop, it never did.

A counselor believes if couples are able to keep their difficulties in the present time, it could prevent future marital discord. When couples fight, they should address it, and get it out of their system. After that, the issue should be over with. A professional journal reports that couples who experience marital unhappiness five years after marriage experienced an increase in negative communication, including nagging, of about 20 percent.

Many Texas couples may find it difficult to communicate with each other, especially when nagging has been an issue for a long period of time. Although some will be able to salvage their marriage, others will end up going through a divorce. Couples unable to negotiate during the process have options available, including mediation, to assist them as they try to come to terms with the marital split and reach an equitable settlement.

Source:, “Nagging named a leading cause of divorce,” Alex Hambrick, Feb.15, 2013

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