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Can separate hobbies actually lead to divorce?

You and your spouse are very well off. You have enough money to take up whatever hobbies you desire, for the first time in your life.

However, should you be wary about spending your time and money this way? Could those hobbies actually lead to divorce?

They can, especially if you begin to enjoy your hobbies more than your marriage. This is when it can become an obsession. If you give up time with your spouse because you only want to enjoy the hobby, your spouse may grow resentful. On top of that, couples who do not spend time together may drift apart.

One red flag is when you start to stretch the truth or actually lie about what you're doing. You do not want to admit how much time you keep putting into the hobby. For instance, you tell your spouse you have to stay late at the office, but you actually go rock climbing. Maybe you tell your spouse you're going to a friend's house, when you actually head off by yourself to go sailing.

The specific hobby isn't all that important. What matters is that you are now putting that activity ahead of your marriage. You are valuing it more than your relationship. This is when it can start to chip away at that relationship, and it may lead to divorce. You simply do not have enough balance in your life.

If you and your spouse do decide to split up, make sure you know all of your legal rights. The more assets you have, the more complicated divorce can become.

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