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10 Signs It's Time to Get A Divorce

by Aunt Becky on November 21, 2012 at 7:05 PM

As I've been in the middle of my own divorce, having moved out of the family home and into an apartment, I've been open about what I'm going through. Divorce is tricky, and if one person can read the words I write and feel less alone, than it's worth it.

The one thing I've been asked over and over again is this: "how did you know it was time to get a divorce?" It's a simple-sounding question, but the answers are far from simple and they are absolutely not one-size-fits-all.

So I've come up with a list of signs that it may be time to start considering the "D" word.

1) Forget the same page; you're not even on the same book. Most couples go through spells when they're disconnected and can't see eye to eye - it happens and it's nothing to worry about. But when you realize that's become the norm rather than the exception, it may be time to think about other options.

2) You compare your marriage to "the devil you know versus the devil you don't." Once you realize you're sticking it out because it's more comfortable than the alternative, your relationship is in serious danger.

3) You have lost any respect for the other person. Doesn't matter why or how it happened, but you realize that neither one of you respects the other anymore.

4) You begin to fantasize about how much you'd rather be alone - and it doesn't scare you to bits. In fact, the notion of being on your own is somewhat of a relief.

5) You realize that you're being treated in a manner that you do not deserve. Could be disrespect. Could be emotional abuse. Could be passive-aggressive behavior. But you know deep down that you deserve better.

6) All of those traits you once found endearing about your partner now make your teeth grind and your jaw clench.

7) You realize that your partner no longer fulfills any of your needs - emotional, spiritual, physical, or sexual.

8) You've tried a separation to see if that changes matters and it doesn't. You find yourself more frustrated by the situation and your partner than ever.

9) You realize you're only staying together for the kids. Kids know when their parents are miserable, and while divorce is traumatizing, it's important for kids to understand that both Mom AND Dad deserve to be happy.

10) You've seen a marriage counselor to work through your issues and it didn't help. You still cannot see eye to eye, no matter how hard you try.

What are some other signs that it's time for a divorce?

 

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  • tuffy...
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    tuffymama

    November 21, 2012 at 7:13 PM
    IMO, the only things that give you a free pass out of a marriage are cheating and abuse. The rest is stuff you can get over if you grow the hell up. I got divorced the first time because he was a serial cheater and he was abusive. The second was stealing my money and abusing drugs, and I couldn't get him to stop either no matter what I tried. I lost my house, my savings and my business because of him. Our confrontations got pretty intense. STILL, I tried to work it out. I worked hard at it, to no avail. I earned my way out. I can never look back and feel I didn't do what I should have done.
  • kaerae
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    kaerae

    November 21, 2012 at 7:35 PM
    Wow, Tuffy, for a two-time divorcee, you sure are judgmental about when other people should divorce. If you think being absolutely miserable is okay as long as you're not being beaten or cheated on, best of luck, but don't get all bent out of shape because some people have higher standards and actually want to enjoy their one and only life, which is very brief.
  • marie...
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    mariesmama

    November 21, 2012 at 8:03 PM

    i agree with tuffy  thats the only 2 reasons i would EVER leave if i was getting beat on or cheated on


  • tuffy...
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    tuffymama

    November 21, 2012 at 8:12 PM
    kaerae, I'm not judgmental. I'm not sure why you think I'm bent out of shape...? I said in my opinion. That's what IMO means. And I use my life experience to try and counsel people to avoid my mistakes. Marriage is treated entirely too casually these days. Mine is the generation of the Starter Marriage. I find that shameful and appalling. What about you?
  • PonyC...
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    PonyChaser

    November 21, 2012 at 9:13 PM

    I was not being abused. Neither was he. Neither of us cheated. And yet, we're still divorcing. Does that mean we treated our marriage in a cavalier manner? I don't know, we were together for 25 years, 19 of that as man and wife. We'd been through hell and back - a wreck that nearly killed him. After that long, sometimes things in life change a person, and you are no longer married to the same man or woman. We should stay together just because some tradition says that we should?

    We are both miserable as husband and wife. Both of us were depressed, medicated, and plodding mechanically through life just waiting for the end. When we finally faced it, that we should divorce? Suddenly we are both optimistic. We are forging a new relationship between us. We have faced the fact that our marriage came to an end, and we are looking forward to the future as friends and parental partners to our son.

    Life is too short to say, "we're married and that's it." If you've tried everything, and it's still not working, perhaps it IS time for it to end. Or, in our case, to try something new.


  • early...
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    earlybird11

    November 21, 2012 at 9:34 PM
    I dont know if its ever my place to say that there are only certain reasons to divorce but I do know marria think marriage us treated disposible by too manu peiole
  • Cel7777
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    Cel7777

    November 22, 2012 at 1:12 AM

    Tuffymama, I admire your dedication to marriage. That being said, I wonder about what you wrote regarding your second marriage--"I lost my house, my savings and my business because of him"---maybe if you had ended the marriage sooner, you wouldn't have had to essentially lose everything? Obviously I don't know what your situation was at the time, but in my case I have 2 young children, and if my husband were doing things that could devaste us financially and possibly cause my childen to be without a home or basic necessities, I would leave. Even if he weren't abusing me or cheating. I think that interpersonal relationships--especially marriages--are extremely complicated, and can't be put into strict black and white categeories of when it's OK to divorce and when it's not.

    Ponychaser, I agree with everything you said. Particularly when you posed the question " We should stay together just because some tradition says that we should?". There seems to be extreme mind-sets on both sides of the divorce topic---those that indeed do take marriage entirely too lightly, and those who choose to remain in an unloving, unfulfilling union just because they don't want to get divorced. IMHO, neither of these mind-sets is healthy or reasonable.


  • Haleiwa
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    Haleiwa

    November 22, 2012 at 3:07 PM
    Someone who made poor choices in partners because of lack of emotional intelligence giving advice on divorce. Chose two abusers, doesn't see her own culpability at play and wants to give advice on the "proper reasons" to divorce.
  • male...
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    male guest

    November 22, 2012 at 6:53 PM
    The guy has the most to lose the majority of the time in any divorce the courts continually SCREW men over and favor women therefore any guy STUPID enough to get married in the first place deserves evry thing he gets.Women get it all kids,money they don't deserve and didn't earn,usually the house,car...and sorry ladies just because you decide "i want out" for no reason whatsoever is no reason for divorce but its profitable for many women to do so and yep the guy always gets screwed...class dismissed.
  • male...
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    male guest

    November 22, 2012 at 6:54 PM
    The guy has the most to lose the majority of the time in any divorce the courts continually SCREW men over and favor women therefore any guy STUPID enough to get married in the first place deserves evry thing he gets.Women get it all kids,money they don't deserve and didn't earn,usually the house,car...and sorry ladies just because you decide "i want out" for no reason whatsoever is no reason for divorce but its profitable for many women to do so and yep the guy always gets screwed...class dismissed.
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