When a couple seeks a legal separation or divorce, others naturally assume the couple could not see eye to eye on matters of parenting or finances, or that there was some type of discretion that resulted in the demise of the relationship. While these are common reasons that couples decide to end their marriage, there are other unique reasons why marriages wind up in trouble, and in today’s blog, we’ll review a few of them.

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Unique But Common Reasons for Divorce

While many couples face irreconcilable differences over topics like finances, others struggle with some other unique, but common, reasons for divorce, such as drug and/or alcohol addiction and emotional and/or physical abuse.

Drug Addiction

Each year, thousands of families are torn apart by drug addiction, and if you know a friend or a loved one who is struggling with this problem, you know just how invasive and life changing addiction can be. According to the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration’s (DEA) website, more than more than 33,000 kilograms of cocaine and more than 74,000 kilograms of marijuana were confiscated by the governmental agency in 2014 alone. Unfortunately, for the thousands of Arizona residents who are addicted to drugs, relationships with spouses, children, and other family members will be ruined before the addict seeks treatment, and some may never get the help they need to get clean.


Similar to drug addiction, alcoholism is an unfortunate problem that impacts many marriages, and often times, will contribute to the divorce or separation of the spouses. Affecting more than 3 million people in the U.S. each year, alcoholism is defined as an addiction to alcohol. Some definitions also consider alcoholism to be a chronic disease or mental illness that results from alcohol dependency. For those who suffer from the condition, lack of control can be a big problem, and they may not be able to stop drinking once they start. This can lead to broken and strained relationships as those who are under the hold of alcoholism may exhibit unreliable and unpredictable behavior.

Physical or Emotional Abuse

In addition to drug addiction and alcoholism, many couples find themselves dealing with issues related to physical and/or emotional abuse. In some instances, children are abused by their parents, and in others, one spouse may suffer abuse at the hand of their husband or wife. Physical abuse can take many forms, and is defined as any intentional act that causes injury or trauma to another by way of bodily contact. Emotional abuse is not as overt, and may be referred to as psychological abuse. This kind of mistreatment occurs when someone is subjected to actions or behavior that cause emotional trauma. Whether physical or emotional, one thing is certain: any type of abuse can tear a family apart.

Tucson’s Leading Divorce Lawyer

If you’re a resident of the Tucson area who’s considering divorce because one of these issues has driven a wedge in your marriage, the Dorris Law Group is here for you. As a divorce lawyer with extensive experience in family law, Mr. Dorris will be happy to answer any questions you may have about the process. Contact us today to get started!