Your marriage vows didn't sound so difficult when you first exchanged them. Now that you've hit a rough patch, you're not so sure you can live with those vows anymore. Before you sit down with an attorney, you need to make sure that divorce is the best option. Here are four signs that your marriage may be nearing the end.
You Constantly Fight
In the beginning of your marriage, you rarely argued at all. Now it seems like all you do is fight. If you can't tell where one fight ends and the next one starts, it might be time to sit down with an attorney. This is particularly true if you're battling over issues that never seem to get resolved. It's important to note that if your fights become emotionally or physically abusive, you need to seek help immediately.
You're living like Roommates
Marital problems can create a situation where one of both of you lose the desire to be intimate with the other partner. This can lead to a loss of emotional attachment in the marriage. When that happens, you might find yourself in a roommate situation with your spouse. If you can't remember the last time you were intimate with your spouse, or you feel like you have a roommate instead of a spouse, it might be time to consider a divorce.
Your Children Are Suffering
If you have children, they can suffer from the marital problems you're experiencing. Even if you try to shield them, your children can recognize the changes that are taking place in the family. Unfortunately, marital problems can cause children to suffer in ways that you might not expect. Some of those ways include:
- School difficulties
- Sleep disturbances
- Drug or alcohol abuse
- Sexual promiscuity
- Trouble with the law
If your marital problems are causing your children to act out, you should sit down with an attorney. You might also want to consider family therapy to help your children deal with the changes that are taking place.
Counseling Didn't Work
When couples are having marital problems, couples therapy can often help them resolve their issues and get back on track. Unfortunately, couples therapy doesn't always work. If you and your spouse tried counseling but you're still facing the same issues, or new issues have developed, it's probably time to discuss your options with a divorce attorney.
Divorce is never easy. If you can't see any way out of the problems you're facing in your marriage, you owe it to yourself and your spouse to speak to an attorney at a law firm, such as Franklin & Rapp.