How Do You Know If Divorce Is the Right Option?

No one likes to be wrong about the relationship that they have decided to commit themselves to. Especially if it’s a marriage. However, if you have been having doubts about the future of your partnership, then the word ‘divorce’ may loom large over your thoughts. You might not want to rush into anything, but there is a decision to be made, and here are some of the elements you might want to think about when considering pulling the plug.

How Do You Know If Divorce Is the Right Option?

You’re consistently unhappy

It might simply be that you are not feeling happy or at all fulfilled in your current relationship. This may or may not be the fault of anyone involved in the marriage, but if it seems like there’s no sign of improvement, it may be better to try and heal outside of the marriage. Of course, you might also want to consider counseling to see if there are any steps you can take to improve your mental health.

You’ve become trapped in a toxic relationship 

The signs of a toxic relationship’s development can be easy to miss, especially if your partner treated you kindlier to begin with, or if feelings of excitement and love leading up to the wedding acted as blinders. If you’re trapped in a toxic marriage, whether that involves abuse, manipulation, or other behaviors that are harmful to you, extricating yourself safely should be a priority.

Your spouse has been unfaithful 

Infidelity is a tricky subject, especially when it happens inside a marriage. Some people may prefer to work it out to preserve a relationship, but for some, once that trust is broken, it can also break a marriage. In most places, the divorce laws on adultery also make it much easier to leave a marriage and to get the financial support you deserve, after, especially if proof of that infidelity can be obtained.

Communication has broken down 

Being able to communicate with your partner is one of the most important aspects of maintaining a long-term relationship. If communication has all but ceased beyond the common day-to-day topics of sharing a household, and you find yourself unable to express your needs or to resolve conflicts in the marriage, then it might be that the marriage is breaking down. You can consider marriage counseling to try and open communication back up if your spouse is willing.

The intimacy has been lost 

Whether anyone is at fault or not, a lot of marriages can experience ups and downs when it comes to the intimacy and connection angle of it. You might be able to help restore this connection through marriage counseling, but both partners have been interested in it. If you or your partner have truly checked out of a marriage, then you might just be keeping it on life support, otherwise.

When you’re unhappy in a marriage, it can be difficult to sort through your thoughts and put together why, exactly, that is. Hopefully, the tips above help you do that and work out what to do next.

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