- Signs that your marriage is over
- Questions to ask yourself
- What should you do before calling it quits?
- How to cope up and move on after a marital break?
You marry a person with the hope of living with them forever. You want your spouse to be your life-long companion, but life does not always go as per our expectations.
All the plans and hopes you had about marriage may simply collapse sometimes. You won’t give it up but try multiple times to save the relationship. What if you are repeatedly failing in your efforts?
No one other than you can say if your marriage is falling apart. However, there are a few tell-tale signs your marriage is over. MomJunction tells you what those common signs are and what to do about it.
Signs that Your Marriage Is Over
Look out for these signs to know if your relationship is really over:
1. There is loads of negativity
- Currently, all your interactions with your spouse are negative, spiteful, and disrespectful; positive interactions barely happen. You are arguing or quarreling all the time.
- Built-up resilience will make your marriage a breeding ground for bitterness.
2. Infidelity won’t end
Cheating can be forgiven once or twice. But for it to happen, the erring partner should sincerely apologize and vow not to stray out of the marriage again. If the spouse is not remorseful of what they did and continues to cheat, then that tells you something.
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4. You no longer get physically intimate
We are not talking only about sex. Relationships strengthen with the soft but reassuring touches like holding hands, hugging each other, cuddling and kissing. These touches help us communicate at a deeper emotional level and feel more connected. When it no longer happens, it’s not a good sign.
It’s also a big red flag when one spouse desires sex and the other is rejecting continuously. This can seriously affect the self-esteem of the spouse who is being denied.
5. You share nothing anymore
If you are not sharing your feelings, ideas, fears and daily experiences with each other, it means that you don’t find each other worthy of having in your life. Communication is imperative to relieve stress and strengthen the bond with your partner. If one spouse refuses to share their emotions or hear the other’s, it’s a clear sign of a split.
6. You don’t have any interest in each other
Not only do you not share anything with your spouse, you also do not care to know what’s happening in their life. This indicates your lack of interest in your partner. The best part about marriage is to have a companion with whom you can talk and listen to. When neither of you makes efforts to know about each other, something is going wrong in your relationship.
7. Addictions are ruining your life
Addiction to alcohol or drugs can ruin your marriage. If a person is unwilling to change their ways, it would be very difficult for their partner to survive the uncertainty, insults and in some cases physical violence as it becomes a daily routine.
8. Secrets come out
If your spouse declares that they are homosexual or is in love with somebody else, there is nothing you can do about it but to move on. Listen to your heart and do what’s best for you both. If that calls for an end of this marriage, be brave and do it.
9. Your spouse’s absence makes you feel better
The thought of not having to be with your spouse gives you peace, relaxation, and relief. If you wonder how good your life would have been without your spouse, then it is a sharp indicator of the beginning of the end of your union.
10. Financial dealings go awry between you
Previously, you discussed money and handling it together like everything else in your marriage. But if your spouse has suddenly changed passwords, is withdrawing money without informing you or misappropriating your money, it could reflect their dishonesty towards you and the relationship.
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11. Overworking and spending more time on screen
This sign is subjective. If your spouse is genuinely burdened with work as their deadline is approaching or their work is usually hectic, then it may not be the sign of a bad marriage. But if the partner is deliberately keeping themselves busy by sitting in front of the computer or extending their work hours in order to avoid you, then you need to discuss why this is happening.
12. One partner has already given up
If one of you has already given up on the other, there’s nothing the other can do. If your partner refuses to talk through the problems, get therapy, and walks away or ignores anything you try – it shows that the hope is vanishing in the marriage. Just like it takes two people for a problem between them to exist, it also takes two to fix it.
13. Counselling has become ineffective
Your partner and you had attended counselling sessions previously, tried to reconcile and live together, but the relationship has been breaking up too many times to repair. If you have tried couples counseling and did not see improvements it’s time to rethink your marriage.
Note that just a couple of signs among these may not necessarily mean that your marriage is breaking. However, if you find multiple signs working against you, then it’s time you asked yourself some questions. Also, if you are a victim of domestic violence, then that could be the single reason to raise the red flag.
Questions to ask yourself
Here are some questions you should ask yourself to introspect:
- Are you indifferent towards your spouse?
- Does your spouse show indifference or treat you harshly?
- Is there no intimacy at all?
- Have all your patience and hope run out?
- Do you not like anything that your partner does and vice versa?
- Is there infidelity, addiction or abuse in your marriage?
If your answer is ‘yes’ to most or all of these questions, then you need to prepare yourself for calling it quits.
[ Read: How To Communicate With Your Partner ]
What should you do before calling it quits?
Take these measures for a smooth separation.
- Try everything you can to reduce stress. Meet your friends, family members or take a break from work. Get to a point where you feel stable enough to deal with whatever happens.
- Come up with a plan for your life ahead; this will give you a sense of purpose and control over your life. You can rebuild your financial status and look for resources, jobs or education that best suits your needs.
- If you think you need some time to introspect, then plan a weekend getaway to get a clearer perspective of your life and make clear decisions.
- If you think that your spouse can get violent after knowing your decision, be away from them, and communicate remotely.
Once you have decided to come out of the relationship and take the necessary steps, seek professional help. They will guide you through the entire process of separation and divorce.
Tips to move on after a marital break
When you have decided to discontinue in the relationship, you need to make conscious efforts to come out of the trauma that comes with it. These tips may be useful in your transition from being married to single.
- Its purpose has come to an end: Look at your marriage as something that had a purpose to serve in your life and has run its own course. Try to remember all the things you’ve learned, how you’ve grown as an individual, and what you have gained from all this. These insights are soul-searching and will help you in your future relationships.
- Let yourself feel the pain: Acknowledge and explore all the overwhelming mixed emotions you’re feeling. Let yourself mourn. It won’t make you weak. The more you release the bitter feelings, the better you feel.
- Monitor your emotions: If they are affecting your health or escalating with time, contact a psychological counselor for help. Don’t avoid symptoms of depression. Your therapist will help you cope with the transition.
- Get positively involved: Keep in touch with your close friends. Friends are the best social and emotional support especially during times like these. Stay active, join clubs or social groups; indulge in your hobbies or do recreational activities.
[ Read: Signs Your Husband Is Having An Affair ]
Remember, separation is never the first step. Give your best, and try your best to keep the relationship alive. Seek professional help from a relationship expert like a licensed counselor and follow the tips they give. If your relationship isn’t working in spite of all these efforts, then see if dissolving the marriage is the only option you have.
Do you have any experiences to share? Let us know in the comment section below.
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