5 signs you may be at risk of divorce

On Behalf of | Mar 4, 2024 | Divorce |

Marriage is a journey with ups and downs. Sometimes, the downs signal deeper issues that may lead to divorce.

Recognizing the indicators that your marriage may be at risk can empower you to take action. For example, you may decide to work on your marriage or realize it is beyond repair.

1. Unwillingness to work on the marriage

One of the clearest indicators that a marriage may be heading toward divorce is when a partner shows a lack of willingness to work on the relationship. Communication breakdowns, unresolved conflicts and a refusal to seek help or counseling can all contribute to this sense of stagnation.

2. Feeling of lost identity

In a healthy marriage, both partners should feel that the other supports and encourages them to pursue individual interests and goals. However, when one or both spouses begin to feel like the relationship stifles their identity, it can lead to feelings of resentment and dissatisfaction.

3. In-law intrusions

While in-laws can be a source of support and guidance, their involvement in a marriage can sometimes lead to tension and conflict. Whether through overstepping boundaries, meddling in personal matters or putting undue pressure on the couple, in-law intrusions can strain the relationship. Intrusions also indicate deeper issues such as a spouse being more loyal to their parents than to their partner.

4. Lack of intimacy

Intimacy is a major component of many healthy marriages. It encompasses the emotional, physical and sexual connection between partners. When intimacy begins to wane or disappear altogether, it can be a red flag indicating deeper issues within the relationship.

5. Frequent conflicts

Conflict is a natural part of any relationship. However, when disagreements escalate into frequent, heated arguments with no resolution in sight, it can erode the foundation of the marriage. Chronic conflict can create a toxic environment full of resentment, bitterness and a breakdown of trust.

Addressing these issues can help prevent marital breakdown or pave the way for a healthier split.