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The Relationship Between Religious Differences and Divorce

Posted by Crissy Del Percio | Oct 30, 2019 | 0 Comments

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Marriage is often described as a sacred bond that transcends all differences and challenges, yet when religious beliefs differ between partners it can cause tension that threatens its foundation. Managing such differences successfully requires open communication, tolerance, and finding common ground or else these disputes could escalate until divorce becomes an option.

Religious beliefs can shape an individual's worldview, values, and morals. People from diverse religious backgrounds can form beautiful alliances when they come together, yet this can also create tension and discord. Couples frequently face difficulty reconciling their diverging views on core issues of life such as meaning of existence, ethics, and the afterlife. If not addressed promptly, these differences could wreak havoc with their relationships over time and tear them apart further.

Effective communication is the cornerstone of solving religious conflicts within marriage. Unfortunately, this can be easier said than done; open dialogue may be hindered by misunderstood notions and perceptions about each religion practiced by either partner, as well as feeling neglected or disrespected due to one partner's religious views. Couples need to create an environment in which both partners feel heard and understood. Consulting a counselor for couples or seeking the advice of religious leaders may help facilitate healthy communication practices between partners.

Tolerance is key for any lasting relationship. This holds especially true when it comes to religious differences; respecting one another's views without trying to force yours onto them is of equal importance while making a sincere effort to appreciate and understand how important each faith is to an individual's life.
Couples can engage in activities that promote both traditions and foster an atmosphere of respect and inclusivity, such as participating in religious services. Doing this may give them a deeper understanding of each other's beliefs.

Establishing common values and goals between you and your spouse, regardless of religious differences, can strengthen your marriage. When couples discover these shared beliefs together they create the basis for creating a harmonious partnership. Religious teachings often emphasize kindness, love, and compassion as core principles that unite couples despite differing religious backgrounds. Such principles help reinforce that commitment to a loving and mutually beneficial relationship among them.

Unfortunately, some couples cannot overcome their religious differences despite their best efforts and this decision to divorce may become inevitable. Such decisions involve personal considerations like the happiness and growth of both parties involved as well as any children they might be raising together. Divorce does not indicate failure; rather, it could indicate both parties' desire to live authentic lives even if that means parting ways. When facing such circumstances, adopt an approach that shows compassion and understanding to lessen its emotional toll on both parties involved.

Religious conflicts within marriage can be an unnerving challenge that requires patience, understanding, and an openness to communication. While some couples can successfully resolve their differences and strengthen their bond through communication channels alone, for others the strain may become too great and lead to divorce proceedings.

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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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