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Could divorce actually be prevented?

Many people in Massachusetts are facing the frustration of divorce. Today, divorce is nothing to be ashamed of, but that was not the case just a few short decades ago. Today, people have learned that sometimes, marriages just go wrong. Marriages end for reasons too numerous to mention. Some marriages end as the result of severe consequences and others amount to a mutual consent that the two individuals no longer connect as a couple. Nonetheless, most couples agree that divorce is a last resort, and thereby search for new forms of resolution before the marriage ends in dissolution.

One suggestion on the list of things to attempt in order to avoid a divorce is to cut out the use of a cell phone. Many people have seen the dog food commercial that depicts a woman enjoying her relationship with her dog and watching the sunset while her husband is texting on his cell phone. He seems totally unresponsive to a simple pleasure in life, and in today's technologically driven world, this disconnect is proving to be stressful on marriages.

Other times, a couple falls apart simply because of a lack of time spent together -- many people are 'over busy' and 'over exhausted.' Working as a volunteer for three or four different organizations is noble, but if that volunteer work is taking the place of a spouse, is it worth it? These are just a couple things that can bring romance to a screeching halt and create resentment between people. Resentment in turn becomes the blame game, and nothing good comes of blame displacement.

Sometimes however, no matter what a couple tries, divorce is imminent. Massachusetts couples, like those all over the United States, face life stresses and difficult circumstances that often make reconciliation impossible. In these types of situations, it is considered important for both sides to seek out a professional and qualified attorney. Legal counsel can assist couples in understanding their rights, as well as offering the strength of an advocating shoulder in facing the trying times associated with divorce.

Source: The Republic, "Till tedium do us part: Couples who want to avoid divorce had better sweat the small stuff," Heidi Stevens, Sept. 07, 2011

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