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Is it common to think about getting a divorce?

The first time that divorce crosses your mind, you feel a bit shocked. Maybe you grew up thinking that divorce should never be the answer. Maybe you don't know anyone personally who ended their marriage. You feel like you're nearly alone just to consider the option.

You really should not feel that way, as the statistics show that you are not alone at all. And you don't even have to look at the divorce rate to see it. In one study, those between 25 years old and 50 years old, who were married, were asked if they had ever thought about divorce. More than half of them said that they had.

The reality here is that you're in the majority. Most married couples at least consider ending it. As the divorce rate shows, many of them go through with it.

Why do you feel like that percentage could be too high? Maybe you're already questioning the study.

What you must remember is that most people who think about divorce don't tell anyone. They probably don't even tell their spouse. It's just not something people talk about. Even after they file for divorce, they may feel awkward breaking the news to their friends.

But, just because they don't bring it up does not mean they're not thinking about it -- just like you are. Most couples have been there at least once.

If you do decide to split up and take that next step, make sure you are well aware of your legal rights and exactly how this whole process works.

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