No one likes to think about the end of their marriage. Because partners are often in denial about the unhealthiness of their relationship, they sometimes say of divorce, “I never saw it coming.”
The truth is, many of the red flags that point to a failing marriage are quite visible.
Do you recognize these problems in your marriage?
According to Psychology Today, here are six warning signs that could indicate that a marriage might end in divorce:
- Abusive behavior: Any form of abuse – emotional, verbal, mental, physical – is a huge red flag that something must change. No healthy relationship can reach its full potential under the oppressive weight of an abusive partner.
- Unresolved pasts: Sometimes partners have unresolved issues or ties to past relationships. Others have a dark or secretive past. An unhealthy connection to past events or relationships can have a hugely negative impact on a current relationship.
- Trust issues: Lack of trust can lead to insecurity. Nagging doubts about where your partner has been, what they have been doing, and with whom, can erode trust. Sometimes friends and family do not trust the partner either. If one partner has a slippery relationship with honesty, then this is a red flag.
- Poor behavior: Sometimes feelings of insecurity can lead to controlling behavior and petty conflicts. Insecurity in a relationship hinders planning for the future. This could arise from irresponsible, immature, and unpredictable behavior.
- Lack of support: Lack of support financially, emotionally, and physically can deteriorate a relationship. This can range from something as simple as not taking out the trash to not being able to consistently hold a job.
- Communication problems: Constant conflict and arguing are harmful. However, when things fall silent, a relationship is in serious trouble. Sometimes partners feel as if there is nothing more to be said. Communication is key to working through all difficulties.
To have foresight is to be proactive. If any combination of the red flags above is currently present in a relationship, it may mean divorce is in the future.
If facing a divorce in Florida, take the necessary steps to protect your interests. An experienced advocate can help you learn more.