When couples are married for a long time, they may become complacent in their relationship and unaware of the warning signs that something may be wrong. After spending years or decades together, it can be easy to overlook the signals that something is wrong in your marriage, which may be why one in four of all divorces involve a couple over the age of 50.
Whether you want to either prepare yourself for your divorce or try and prevent it, you first need to be able to identify its approach. To help you do this, here are four signs that a divorce may be coming in your marriage:
One of the most popular signs of a coming divorce is spousal unhappiness. It is one thing for a couple to have an argument for a few days or even a week or two, but if a couple has been unhappy for months or years, it may be a sign of something more serious at hand.
If you find yourself avoiding your partner or suspecting that they are avoiding you, it can be a sign of something worse than wanting alone time. Avoidance can also occur after extended periods of non-communication.
The romance is gone
Spouses may be the most surprised to receive divorce papers when there is no fighting, unhappiness or avoidance. Even if a marriage is working smoothly in terms of communication and cohabitation, it may not last much longer if there is no romance involved.
Changes in intimacy
Most people suspect a divorce may be possible if intimacy vanishes all of a sudden, but the opposite may also be true. If your spouse is uncharacteristically more intimate with you, it may be for several reasons. They could be in denial about how they really feel and are trying to jump-start their emotions, or they may even feel guilty about an extra-marital relationship and try to make it up to you.
What can you do if you spot the signs?
If you suspect that a divorce may in the future, you need to act fast. Initiating a dialogue with your spouse about the signs may be a good start if you want to avoid a divorce, but if you decide to prepare for one, contact an experienced divorce attorney immediately.