Nobody gets married thinking that they may someday file for divorce. Unfortunately, while divorce rates have decreased in recent years, it remains true that between 40% and 50% of marriages in the United States will fail. So, what are some “red flags” to watch out for that may indicate the end of a marriage?
1. Lack of Respect
Simply put, you cannot expect to have a successful partnership without mutual respect. This means that not only do you need to have respect for your partner—but your partner must respect you in return. If you are frequently feeling as though you’ve been disrespected and that your partner has more or less abandoned you, then your marriage may be too far gone to salvage.
2. No Communication
Another key to a strong foundation in marriage is communication. You and your spouse must understand the importance of keeping each other “in the loop” and how to effectively communicate with each other. When there is no longer any communication or effort in this regard, the marriage cannot last.
Sadly, one of the most common contributors to divorce in the United States is cheating or infidelity. Often, this stems from one partner not getting the intimacy he or she needs to remain happy. If your partner has cheated on you, you may be strongly considering a divorce.
4. Domestic Abuse
Whether emotional or physical, domestic abuse is a very real problem that can derail any marriage. You deserve to be treated with respect by your partner and to feel safe around him or her. If you have been emotionally/mentally manipulated or if your spouse has put hands on you, then it’s time to pursue a legal separation for your own protection.
5. Financial Issues
Ongoing financial problems are yet another common reason for divorce; perhaps your spouse has been racking up credit card debt behind your back—or maybe you simply cannot get on the same page regarding your finances. Regardless, it’s hard to keep a marriage running smoothly if you cannot come to an agreement about your shared finances. In some instances, a divorce may even protect you from accumulating more debt.
Time to Speak to an Attorney?
If any of these situations apply to you, then it may be time to consider divorce. Before you file any paperwork, however, it’s a good idea to consult with an experienced divorce attorney. At Erica Bloom Law, we specialize in divorce and separation (as well as family law and child custody); we’re here to represent you through every step of the process. Schedule your consultation with our team today to find out more about what we can do for you.