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Personality traits that may increase the risk of divorce

| Oct 18, 2018 | Divorce |

Couples saying “I do” in Texas sometimes overlook minor personality flaws or choose to focus more on a significant other’s positive attributes. Little differences may become major annoyances. There is no way to guarantee any marriage will last forever. However, it may be helpful for individuals getting ready to tie the knot to be aware of some of the personality traits that might increase the odds of a legal union ending in divorce, a list that’s based on insights from psychologists, relationship experts and divorce attorneys.

One of the top traits that may lead to a divorce is what’s termed “catastrophizing,” or repeatedly making a big deal out of small incidents or harmless events. A marriage may also be doomed if one or both partners has an ongoing desire to accumulate more wealth. This sometimes leads to the higher earner resenting the lower-earning spouse if success or the state of a relationship is based solely on money or financial status.

Even something as seemingly positive as excessive care-giving may cause marital problems if it gets to the point where such efforts are being done to assert control in a relationship. On a similar note, avoiding arguments or not discussing disagreements may lead to resentment and built-up hostility. Deep insecurities could become a problem if a spouse with a fragile ego turns to external sources to resolve those insecurities. Not surprisingly, spouses with narcissistic and selfish personalities may also experience marriage issues, especially if one party with these traits continuously plays the victim or makes their partner feel useless.

Even if these personality traits aren’t what ultimately leads to the end of a marriage, a lawyer may be able to help a soon-to-be-ex-spouse fairly divide jointly owned property. This might be especially beneficial if significant marital assets are involved or if protecting retirement funds is a priority. An attorney may also play a key role in divorce settlement negotiations that involve spousal support, child custody and visitation schedules.

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