There is no easy answer to the ultimate divorce question: "How do you know when it's time to end your marriage?" Some couples have resurrected their marriages from the ashes of infidelity, addiction and other challenging relationship problems. But other couples were unable to resolve their marital difficulties and made the tough choice to bring their relationships to a close.
In terms of knowing when it's time to call it quits on your marriage, you might want to review the following signs that your marriage may be coming to an end:
1. You can't resolve your conflicts
In some relationships, the same fights and discussions keep coming up again and again. It may feel like you're at an impasse, but you can't seem to let an issue drop. While this situation could cause constant fighting, it could also result in one side giving up because he or she doesn't wanting to fight anymore. Yet, the issue remains a problem. If conflicts like this don't get resolved, it could be a sign that the marital relationship is no longer viable.
2. The spouses have become emotionally disengaged
Maintaining intimacy requires emotional engagement. When one spouse shuts down and becomes remote, this required element for a meaningful relationship will no longer exist. Consequently, the couple may drift so far apart that they lose all affection for one another. In this case, it might be time for the spouses to go their separate ways.
3. The spouses aren't having intimate relations anymore
There may come a time in a relationship when, by mutual consent, intimate contact stops. Although some couples may be happy in relationships where sex and intimate contact has ended, if one spouse objects, it could result in unresolvable conflict.
4. More focus outside the marriage and relationship
Another sign that a marriage is splintering can be when a spouse looks outside the relationship for emotional fulfillment. Perhaps spouses start forming new relationships and friendships and connections that bring them joy that were once found within their marriages. This can be the death knell of a relationship.
Are you ready to end your marriage?
If you're ready to bring your marriage to a close, you might want to consider the various ways to divorce peacefully, respectfully and cost-effectively. There are excellent strategies that spouses can employ to avoid contentious divorces.