What are irreconcilable differences in a marriage?

On Behalf of | Feb 5, 2024 | Divorce

In the past, for couples to pursue a divorce there must have been fault. In other words, one spouse must have acted unreasonably, such as committing adultery. Nowadays, all U.S. states, including Pennsylvania allow no-fault divorces.

Essentially, this means that blame needn’t be placed on one spouse for a divorce to be valid. Irreconcilable differences are enough to initiate divorce proceedings. What are some of the more common examples of irreconcilable differences?

Fundamental differences of opinion

While couples tend to know each other relatively well prior to getting married, they may not know every detail. For instance, a couple may not have discussed starting a family prior to getting married. If it later becomes apparent that one spouse wants children and the other does not, this is an example of an irreconcilable difference of opinion.

High conflict

A marriage filled with conflict isn’t good for anyone. Of course, all couples have disagreements from time to time, but when the disputes outweigh the good times, this is another example of irreconcilable differences.

A breakdown in communication

Successful marriages are founded upon communication. In some situations, this becomes difficult for couples. For instance, if one spouse works away for long periods, then communication may start to break down.

Couples may also find out that their lifestyles are just incompatible. For instance, if one spouse holds particular religious beliefs and the other does not. This can also create tension between extended family members who may disapprove of the lifestyle of their child in-law.

You don’t have to stay in an unhappy marriage. By seeking as much legal information as possible, you can be well-informed of your legal rights before initiating the divorce process.