Planning in advance for divorce can help it go smoothly. If you know that it’s coming, you can take the time to look into your legal options, gather important documents and make your plans for the future.
As such, it’s important to understand what potential signs to look for in your relationship. You may be able to spot the fact that divorce is on the horizon before it arrives. Here are three signs to look for.
1. Your spouse has stopped making an effort
If it seems like your spouse isn’t putting any effort into the relationship, it could be that they’ve already checked out of that relationship. They may not have officially filed for divorce yet, but they’re emotionally separating themselves. You can also see this when you used to have disagreements or arguments, but then they stop because your spouse simply quits putting in that effort.
2. You’ve grown apart
In some cases, couples just grow apart over time. They may end up feeling like they’re two completely different people than when they first tied the knot. This doesn’t mean you’ve done anything wrong. People just develop and change in different ways, but that may mean that the marriage no longer works.
3. You spend less time together
Quality time is obviously critical, but even spending time together watching television or otherwise “wasting time” is important for couples. If you find that you and your spouse are preferring to spend time with friends or even staying late at the office to avoid going home, this is a serious red flag.
If you do wind up filing for divorce this year, take the time to look into all of the legal options at your disposal.