A university study has revealed the top three reasons that causes couples to separate.
Relationships can be a source of happiness, but they also require hard work and it can be easy to get stuck.
And while it's common for people to stay in unhappy relationships for longer than they should, the University of Utah has conducted a study to determine the reasons why people break up, and when they should.
The study asked a group of anonymous volunteers a series of open-ended questions, asking why we would end a relationship and why we would stay.
When the results came in, the answers were clear:
The top three factors that would make people leave a relationship are issues with a partner's personality, a breach of trust and a partner's withdrawal.
The answers were the same between married couples and non-married, expressing the same reasoning for leaving a relationship.
However, when it comes to whether a couple would stay in a relationship, the balance between non-married and married were a bit different.
Couples that have spanned for two years provided more positive, emotional reasons why they would stay, including intimiacy and a strength in personality.
While those who were married had a different approach:
The married couples said they would stay for a sense of investment - whether that's in family responsibilites or a fear of an uncertain future.