7 Things to Consider Before Getting Back Together With an Ex

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The hardest thing about being in a relationship with someone is probably trying to decide whether to end it. The second hardest? Figuring out whether to give it another chance -- especially after having already broken up. There comes a time in most everyone's relationship when someone thinks about throwing in the towel. And what if a person does, but then that person's significant other wants him or her back? 

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What if he promises to change this time? What if he swears up and down, back and forth, that that thing that tore the couple apart will never, ever happen again? Should she believe him? Does she risk getting her heart broken all over again because of an empty promise?

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For those who are thinking about breathing new life into a dead relationship, here are seven things to consider first. Those who are even remotely considering reuniting with exes who have serious issues like addictions of any kind (or who inflicted physical or emotional abuse on them or their children) MUST have outside help via therapy, support groups, etc. Physical abuse, especially, can escalate to the point where folks are taking their own lives into their hands if they keep going back. And abusers tend to be very good at making empty promises.

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