In long-lasting marriages, it is not uncommon for couples to fall into a sense of complacency. By “going through the motions” of a marriage, a spouse can miss any of the signs that their marriage is in danger of ending.
You may not think your marriage is at risk, but when thousands of couples get divorced, it is best not to take any chances. Knowing the signs of divorce can help you take proactive measures to either try and fix things or prepare for the worst. In either case, here are four signs a divorce may be on your horizon:
It is one thing for a couple to have an occasional argument, but another thing for spouses to be at each other’s throats every day. Although the arguments may be over house chores, taking care of the kids, or anything else, the underlying cause may be dissatisfaction in your marriage.
Changes in intimacy
It is not uncommon for a relationship to “cool down” after spending so much time together, but a relationship with zero intimacy can be a warning of bigger problems. Additionally, a sudden increase in attempted intimate moments may be coming from guilt over an extra-marital affair.
Avoiding your spouse
If you find yourself staying out of the house longer, spending more time at work, or even just spending your evenings in another room from your spouse, there may be a reason for it. Avoiding your spouse because you enjoy your time away from them more than being with them can be just as telling as avoiding your spouse to prevent arguing or conflict.
Everyone can experience extended periods of sadness or depression. But if you have been feeling this way for months or longer, it may be because something at home is making you feel this way. You may be reacting to your home life without even realizing it, but the feelings can still indicate larger problems.
What comes next?
If you suspect that your marriage is heading for divorce, do not ignore the signs. Doing nothing will not help things result in your favor. If you want to prepare for divorce, consult with an experienced divorce attorney. Otherwise, consider speaking with a therapist or other source of help for your marriage.