When love can’t conquer all: Signs your marriage is at an end
How do you know when your marriage is over? When should you pull the plug and call it quits? Many couples struggle with this question, especially when they still love each other. Unfortunately, love may not be enough. Here are some indicators to help you decide if it's time to close the door on the marriage and contact a Northern Virginia divorce lawyer.
Communication Collapse - Communication is one of the ways that couples build intimacy. Sharing the details of the day, including feelings and thoughts is critical to a sustained emotional connection. When these conversations cease, the bonds that hold a couple together will eventually break down.
Problems Can't Be Resolved - The collapse of communication may first be evident in how couples handle conflicts. When couples can't have discussions that lead to solutions, they are likely in trouble. The weight of unresolved issues can sink a marriage.
Winners and Losers - Marriage is a partnership and the individuals in them have perspectives. When a spouse ignores another spouse's ability to have a different perspective and instead presses a viewpoint or insists on being right, there is a problem with the marriage.
Character Assassins - When couples resort to calling each other names or attacking the other person verbally, they are engaging in the highly destructive behavior of character assassination. It shows a lack of respect for the other spouse and is extremely damaging to the long-term health of a marriage.
Bad Sex - Jokes and complaints about dull sex or the lack of sex in marriages are commonplace, but in reality it is no laughing matter. Sex is important to a marriage. When your sex life becomes mechanical and boring, you will eventually become frustrated. It is also a bad sign if your kiss loses its spark.
Infidelity - Cheating is a red flag that your marriage is in trouble. Although most experts agree that many couples can recover from an individual incident, a pattern of stepping-out is difficult to fix.
Anger Kills - Explosions of anger are like landmines to a marriage. A couple that cannot effectively process anger will ultimately suffer.
Selfishness - It bears repeating that marriages are a partnership. A spouse that thinks more of himself or herself is eventually going to wear out his or her welcome.
Financial Pressures - Money plays a bigger role in marital problems than most people would like to admit. Whether a couple has too little or too much money, financial strains can cause destroy marriages over time. The issues are no less complex when couples with high assets divorce.
Ultimately, the decision to end a marriage is individual, but when you and your spouse have begun to relate as adversaries rather than partners, it may be time to re-evaluate the relationship.
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