Not all couples realize that effort from both partners is needed in family life. In accordance with this data, 950,000 marriages in Europe (out of 2.1 million) eventually end in divorce. A study from Slater and Gordon Lawyers identified which year of marriage is the happiest and which is the hardest.

We at Bright Side would like to name the factors which can become reasons for divorce.

# 3 years

There is an opinion that love lives for 3 years only. Then a couple breaks up or their relationship becomes less ideal than before. In reality, after 3 years in a relationship, people are more inclined to accept their partner’s weaknesses and, thus, feel more comfortable.

It is also common that in the 3rd year of family life a couple decides to have a baby. Consequently, their relationship becomes stronger. It is the 3rd year of marriage which is believed to be the happiest.

# 5 years

The first real problems can start in the 5th year of family life. During this period of time, the children are still small and demand a lot of care. This is very hard to combine with work, housekeeping, and other everyday problems.

It is after 5 years together that couples start thinking about divorce and turn to lawyers. This year is believed to be the hardest.

# 7 years

If a couple stays together after 5 years of marriage, then another barrier is waiting for them to overcome. It is the 7th year of family life which specialists name “the wall.” By this time, family life becomes routine. There might also be financial issues, childcare issues, and quarrels about sharing household responsibilities.

This is a very complicated period. If the spouses manage to go through it hand in hand, then a strong and happy marriage will be ahead of them.

And here are some factors which are worth avoiding if you want to keep the marriage strong: