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The Difficulties and Impact of Distant Relationships on the Rate of Divorce

Posted by Crissy Del Percio | Nov 23, 2019 | 0 Comments

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Long-distance relationships present unique challenges and rewards in today's ever-interconnected world, raising concerns over its effect on marriage and divorce rates. This exploration shows the difficulties of long-distance relationships as well as their possible effects on divorce rates.

Long Distance Romance Can be Dangerous but Also Rewarding
Long-distance relationships often start out with optimism. Couples embark on the adventure to maintain emotional and physical ties while remaining apart due to career or education pursuits or other circumstances. Many couples manage this well while others may find the journey challenging.

Communication Challenges
Effective communication is vital to any healthy relationship, and long-distance ones especially test this principle. Due to lack of physical contact, digital communication becomes paramount; misunderstandings may arise due to time zone differences, busy schedules, or an absence of nonverbal cues. These factors may contribute to feelings of loneliness as well as strain emotional bonds in marriage.

Trust and Insecurity
Distance can either strengthen or weaken the foundation of trust between two people in a relationship, with long periods of separation creating insecurity and doubt between partners, especially if there are limited chances to interact face-to-face. Without immediate reassurance, there may be worsened trust issues which lead to marital conflict.

Emotional and Growing Apart
Maintaining emotional intimacy over distance requires conscious effort. Couples may become emotionally distant due to daily stresses and physical separation; as individuals transition through their lives with different experiences, interests, and priorities this could result in feelings of growing apart that could lead to dissatisfaction or even divorce.

Dealing with Loneliness
Long-distance relationships often come with feelings of loneliness. Without physical proximity from their partners, long-distance relationships may lead to feelings of isolation and emotional emptiness that make life seem empty and hopeless. Managing loneliness effectively requires resilience as well as the ability to navigate your life on your own; sometimes loneliness even contributes to people choosing divorce as their solution.

Infidelity and Temptations
At times, being without the watchful gaze of one's partner can create the ideal environment for infidelity to blossom. Long-distance relationships may expose individuals to new social circles which increase the possibility of encountering temptation, while an absence of immediate accountability may lead to breaches in trust that strain a marital bond and lead to eventual divorce proceedings.

Financial Strain and Practical Considerations
Long-distance relationships require significant financial investments for travel, accommodation, and related expenses. Maintaining two households or funding frequent visits may create financial stress which, coupled with other challenges in a marriage may undermine its overall stability and lead to divorce proceedings being initiated. Practical factors may play a factor in such decisions such as long-term compatibility.


Although long-distance relationships present distinct challenges, it's essential to acknowledge their positive side. Couples who successfully manage distance often report enhanced communication skills, deepened appreciation of time spent together, and an increase in commitment. Furthermore, facing and overcoming challenges strengthens your bond against future obstacles in your relationship.

Assessing the challenges and effects of long-distance relationships on divorce rates reveals its complex effect. While long distance can strain a marriage's fabric, it also presents opportunities for growth, better communication, and deeper commitment to shared goals. Success or failure depends upon each partner's resilience, trust, and mutual dedication; something we are increasingly dependent upon with globalization necessitating long-distance relationships. Recognizing these dynamics becomes essential if seeking long-lasting and fulfilling marriages regardless of geographical constraints.

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About the Author

Crissy Del Percio

Crissy Del Percio is a graduate of the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law. Additionally, she received her undergraduate degrees in Journalism (News and Information) and Communication Studies from the world-renowned home of the Jayhawks – the University of Kansas. She has been practicing law for a decade and spent the first part of her career specializing in helping low-income survivors of domestic violence. Now at Drama-Free Divorce, Crissy enjoys helping people consciously uncouple. She is also a Guardian Ad Litem and domestic mediator. Crissy has won a number of prestigious awards for her work in public service, but you likely recognize her from her acting career, where she is also an award-winner. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her egregiously overpriced dog, Augustus Rodham and knitting. 


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