Divorces can be the last thing many spouses expect in their marriage, which is why they are so surprised when someone serves them divorce papers. By the time a spouse receives their papers, it may be too late to react to prevent or prepare for a divorce. Knowing the early signs of an impending divorce can help you take that proper action before it is too late.
Divorce can come to families when they least expect it. Even couples with little to no fighting that would call themselves happy found themselves divorced inside of a year. Here are some signs that your marriage may be heading towards a divorce:
When conversations with your spouse are filled with sarcasm, criticism, insults, and accusations, it can be hard to promote healthy dialogue. When communications are consistently malicious, there is very little room for any personal growth.
You may not think much of not saying “I love you” to each other during the day, but there may be more to it than you expect. When a couple stops exchanging any forms of affection like hugs, kind words, or other small gestures, it may be because there is no affection left to exchange.
Change to intimate lifestyles
The love life drying up is a classic sign of a potential divorce, but so is a considerable increase in physical intimacy. If a spouse is regularly more sexually active, it may be because of the guilt of their affair or attempting to bring outside experiences to the bedroom.
Failed efforts to help
It takes both spouses to heal their relationship. If one spouse reaches out to work on their marriage, and the other does not reach back, it may be a sign that the other spouse has given up on the marriage. Failed efforts like counseling, therapy, or even just talking can indicate that the other spouse is unwilling to fix the relationship.
Do not ignore the signs
A single sign on its own is not enough to guarantee a divorce is coming. Still, if you have experienced multiple symptoms like coldness, significant relationship changes, and failed efforts to fix things, you may need to begin preparing for divorce. Talk to a family law attorney about the step you can take before someone serves the papers.