Marriages come to an end for myriad reasons: unfaithfulness, arguments about money, addiction or even just incompatibility.  If one spouse is on the road a lot, this can also put a strain on a marriage. The spouse who stays at home may start to feel neglected or overburdened with taking care of the house or children while the other spouse is away. The time apart could also lead to loneliness and infidelity.

In some cases, technology can help ease the strain of time apart. Couples and families can use video chat, text, and email to stay in touch more easily. They can watch each other’s social media feeds and comment. But sometimes this does not compensate entirely for the physical absence of the spouse. In these cases, a couple may decide to divorce.

If frequent travel was an issue during the marriage, it could also become an issue for the divorce. For example, it may be more difficult to schedule mediations if one spouse is always on the road. You may also need to get more creative when coming up with custody arrangements. And when it comes time to divide property, the spouse who had stayed at home may feel more of a connection to that home and may want to keep it. If one spouse has feelings of betrayal from the constant absences of their partner, negotiations may also become more adversarial.

Whatever the cause of the breakdown of your marriage, it is important to approach your divorce in a way that makes sense for your situation, whether that be mediation or litigation. While stressful, divorce in these cases can be a healthy step towards a more stable and fulfilling life.