If you are considering a divorce, you most likely have a pretty unique set of reasons for wanting that divorce. Not that the grounds themselves are unique to you and your spouse, by any means. It's likely, however, that the arguments, lack of trust, suspicions about infidelity, and any issues regarding finances have some unique characteristics that come from a place or set of circumstances that could not be replicated outside of your family home.
That's what makes it so difficult for you and your spouse to know if there is an opportunity to save the marriage or if the only option would be to file for divorce. As a family law attorney, I have seen people fight about all sorts of things. These fights have ranged from the grave- accusations about one spouse not being faithful to the other, to the trivial- spouses getting fed up with having to pick up the other's laundry too frequently.
What are the sort of arguments that you may be looking for in terms of potential warning signs that divorce may be on the horizon?
Being an absentee spouse
This is a warning sign that therapists and family counselors frequently discuss with patients. It is straightforward in our busy, modern lives to focus on everything in your life other than your marriage. It is a classic example of taking something for granted.
The thought is that this (marriage) will always be there; they aren't going anywhere. With that thought in mind, it doesn't take much to shift your attention from your relationship with your spouse to your work, your children, etc.
It is that time you spend with your spouse, away from the distractions that the rest of the world provides, that shores up any weaknesses in your relationship and helps you both to recalibrate to one another's changing needs if your attention shifts away from your home the emotional and physical distance between you and your spouse can overwhelm the relationship and cause the sort of arguments and accusations that I discussed at the outset of this blog.
If you are thinking about divorce, you need to consider whether or not you and your spouse will be willing to seek counseling or other outside help to discuss whatever underlying issues of abandonment (at least emotional abandonment) you may be experiencing.
It takes two to tango in the areas of counseling and therapy, so if both spouses are not willing to participate, then your arguments made very well lead to divorce ultimately.
Communication is key
It is no secret that an unwillingness or inability for you and your spouse to communicate effectively with one another can and will lead to a divorce if this problem is not solved. Ironically, arguments are conducted verbally, yet the lack of verbal communication got you and your spouse to this point in the first place.
Talking about the state of your family or your emotions is difficult enough to take by itself. Still, suppose you throw in the added element that men and women typically do not utilize the same methods to communicate. In that case, the degree of difficulty is ratcheted up even further.
Suppose you are doing your best to speak to your spouse on their terms using whatever skills you inherently have to do so and there are still problems in this area. In that case, it may be time to consider either changing your methods, seeking outside help, or addressing head-on whatever your perceived issues are.
From my experiences, I have known clients to have tried this, but because the communication breakdown is so severe, their idea of what was wrong ended up being light-years away from what their spouse believed to be the problem. At that stage, it doesn't matter who is right or wrong. The damage to the relationship had been done.
Consider where your spouse is coming from
Finally, one argument that I have heard prior clients talk about with great frequency is that their spouse just stopped considering their point of view or motivation for doing something and instead began to assume the worst about why something was done. There is ample opportunity for us as adults to view the actions of our spouses as having lousy intent.
Unfortunately, when a divorce is an option on the table, some spouses have acted in self-serving ways that are intentionally harmful to the marriage. With that said, in the great battle between "negligence" and "bad intent," negligence is by far the more likely explanation for someone's actions.
Very little (if any) of your spouse's actions are done to hurt you. Whether or not your spouse was considering you when the effort was made is an entirely different question and one that rightfully may lead you to believe divorce is necessary.
Suppose you and your spouse are constantly accusing one another of doing things to anger, hurt, or otherwise harm the marriage relationship or one another. In that case, it may be time to focus on your motivations for saying those sorts of things.
It's likely that a lack of trust is the root cause or that you are so disconnected from one another that your assumptions are just that. Reconnecting through open and honest communication is a good place for a stronger relationship to start and for your arguments to end.
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