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These major life events often spur a divorce

While it's true that many divorces happen without a significant event to kick them off, it's also worth noting that specific life events have been tied to higher divorce rates. Below are a few of the common triggers that you should be aware of.

-- Serious illness.

This is taxing in many ways. When one spouse is ill, it can be emotionally draining, it can ruin the family's financial stability, and it can force the healthy spouse to become a caretaker. Studies have found that divorce rates increase when people become sick, especially when wives, rather than husbands, are diagnosed with illnesses like lung disease or cancer.

-- Forced separations.

Living apart often causes the relationship to fall apart. This is something that experts have noted in the lives of soldiers. It's hard for a marriage to stay strong when one person is gone for months on end.

-- The birth of children.

Kids change relationships instantly. While some couples embrace this, others struggle to adapt to a relationship that isn't just about the two of them anymore, and they break up.

-- Employment changes.

Like sickness and disease, employment issues can make a family unstable financially. Those who are unemployed have been found in studies to have higher odds of divorce. Two people who are relatively happy together while one or both are employed may not be able to make it work when jobs are lost and financial troubles begin.

These are just a few reasons for divorce, but they do help to show how things you may have little control over can have a big impact. If you're getting closer to divorce with your spouse, it's important to know your rights when it comes to child custody, asset division, child support and more.

Source: Fox News, "7 life events that can lead to divorce," accessed Dec. 09, 2016

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