7 Signs It Is Time For a Divorce

Posted On July 9, 2024 Divorce

Current reporting indicates that about 43% of first marriages end in divorce these days, with divorce rates increasing for second and third marriages (60% and 73%, respectively). Gray divorce is also on the rise, with people aged 65 or older accounting for one of every ten people seeking divorce.

While many people take marriage vows and contracts seriously and try to make a failing union work, at some point, you might have to admit that it’s over. What are some signs that it’s time to consider divorce?

1. You’re Not Compatible

Marriage is a partnership, and if the partners involved are incompatible, you’re fighting an uphill battle that may never be won. 

In the beginning, you might overlook issues like different goals, communication styles, and love languages. As time goes by, the problems caused by incompatibility can grow and lead to frustration and resentment. Alternatively, your goals and desires may change over time, causing you to grow apart.

At some point, you may decide that the endless struggle simply isn’t worth it, even if you love each other, and that a collaborative divorce is the best solution. About 59% of new couples who divorce in the first year cite a lack of compatibility as a key factor.

2. You’re No Longer Satisfied

Irreconcilable differences are frequently cited as a reason for divorce. This could refer to all kinds of underlying issues, including the fact that you’re simply not satisfied with your marriage.

Maybe your partner isn’t meeting your physical, mental, or emotional needs, or you’re unable to meet theirs. Perhaps being a spouse and parent isn’t enough and you want to pursue professional dreams. If you’ve determined that you can’t be satisfied with your current situation, it might be time to file for divorce.

3. You’re Only Staying For Your Kids

This isn’t the worst reason to prolong an unhappy marriage, but it’s not usually a good reason, either. Unfortunately, kids often sense when parents are unhappy, especially if it leads to tension and fighting. This instability could make kids feel anxious and upset, negating your reasons for staying.

4. You No Longer Trust Your Partner

Trust is an essential part of marriage. It can be broken by secrecy, lies, theft, rejection, cheating, and other bad behavior. When you can’t trust your partner, you can’t have a healthy and fulfilling relationship.

5. You’re in Love With Someone Else

Different couples have different ideas about what marriage entails, but it’s largely considered a monogamous arrangement, which means infidelity is a deal-breaker. Whether you’ve fallen in love with another person or your spouse is in love with someone else, preserving the marriage may become impossible.

6. You’re in an Abusive Situation

When you think of abuse, you probably go right to physical abuse like hitting. However, abuse could be verbal (yelling, threats), psychological (social isolation, gaslighting), emotional (disrespect, bullying), or sexual (non-consensual sex). These are not only harmful to your health and well-being; many forms of abuse are also illegal.

7. Substance Abuse

People who abuse alcohol and/or drugs can only have one meaningful relationship — their relationship with substances. They may lie, steal, and break trust to support their addiction.

It’s not that addicts aren’t capable of love, it’s just that the addiction supersedes everything else. If your spouse refuses to go into treatment for addiction or can’t stick with recovery, there is no relationship to salvage.

You’ve Decided On Divorce — Now What?

Whether you want a divorce, your spouse has asked for a divorce, or you’ve decided together that it’s the right choice, it’s a good idea to consult a qualified family law attorney who can guide you through the process and represent your best interests. A divorce attorney can also help you divide assets, seek alimony, or fight for child custody and support.

Contact the Washington Divorce Lawyers at Twyford Law Office To Get Legal Assistance Today

To learn more and get the help you deserve, call our divorce lawyers or reach out to Twyford Law Office online by visiting our contact us page.

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Twyford Law Office – Bellevue Office
1408 140th Pl NE Suite 400,
Bellevue, WA 98007

(425) 517-3350

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