Marriage On The Rocks? 5 Signs It’s Time To End The Relationship

Man looking at his girlfriend having a headache sitting at a table in the living room

Sometimes it doesn’t matter how much effort you put into something, in the end things just don’t work out. This can happen with anything in life—from the career you choose to educational choices to relocating to a new city. And, unfortunately, it can happen with a marriage.

Don’t Give Up Too Quickly

A marriage can be a beautiful thing, especially when both partners are willing to put in the necessary effort. Before deciding to end the relationship, ask yourself: can I honestly say I put my all into this marriage? Our first inclination is to adamantly affirm that we have. And if you feel like you’re being completely honest with yourself, then it’s time to ask another question: am I willing to give it one more chance?

If you are, there are many avenues to look for advice to help you salvage your marriage, the most ideal usually being marriage counseling.

5 Signs To End The Relationship

There are times, however, when your marriage seems like a losing battle. If you experience any of the following, and they don’t seem like they are going to be resolved, it may be time to end the relationship.

  1. You Don’t Seem Like A Couple Anymore. You don’t have to be living apart to feel like you’re not a couple any longer. A happy couple spends time together. They enjoy each other’s company. If you and your spouse would rather spend time alone or with other people than with each other, you could be facing divorce. Denise Schipani describes this as “uncoupling.”
  2. Adultery Without Remorse. Everyone makes mistakes. Adultery is a big one. Some spouses automatically decide to divorce the errant partner. Others decide to give them another chance. But if you’re dealing with a serial cheater or one who cheats without remorse, it may be time for a divorce.
  3. Lack Of Respect. Respect in a relationship is second only to love. There must be mutual respect in order for the marriage to thrive. Without it, there’s not much hope. Unless both partners agree to work on this, divorce might be imminent.
  4. Communication Is Sorely Lacking. If you and your partner aren’t talking, you can’t work through your issues. A nice balance of love, respect and communication are vital. When a partner is unwilling to work on any of these when they’re out of balance, divorce might be right around the corner.
  5. Counseling Hasn’t Helped. Trying counseling shows both partners are willing to try to salvage their relationship. There are times, however, when even the help of a counselor and increased communication can’t repair the damage already done.

Contact A Divorce Attorney When You Sense Trouble

If you have done all you can to work on your relationship and things aren’t working out, contact a divorce attorney. When it’s time to end the relationship, you don’t want to be caught off guard. The more prepared you are, the better equipped you will be to protect yourself and your assets during a divorce. Call the law office of John C. Fitzpatrick for more information.