Knowing when to divorce can be difficult, and it's a decision that shouldn't be taken lightly. So how do you know if you should proceed?
While there's no magic answer for when to get a divorce, there are some signs that can show you it might be time to take that next step.
Your needs are no longer being met
Marriage is a partnership, and each spouse should be doing their part to fulfill the needs of the other -- physically, emotionally and spiritually. When this is no longer happening or it's become one-sided, it might be time to call it quits.
You're only staying together for the kids
Children are very smart. They know more than you think they do, and they can sense animosity a mile away. More importantly, children grow up to emulate the relationships they saw when they were younger. Do you really want them to grow up thinking the type of relationship you currently have with your spouse is normal or healthy?
You think it's "cheaper to keep her (or him)"
There's no doubt that two households are more expensive to run than one. And divorce only creates expense, not income. But if the only reason you're still together is financial, it may be time to draw up a budget, get your finances in order and make it on your own.
You Have no Interest in being Intimate With Your Spouse
Maybe one of you wants it more than the other. Maybe you have both stopped needing that intimate connection with each other. Whatever the reason, a marriage that lacks sexual intimacy and affection will either end up in divorce or end up being a marriage of convenience.
At the end of the day, only you can determine if you should get a divorce. It's a personal decision that should be made with careful thought and consideration.
But if one or more of the items on this list are true for you, and you think it's time to take the next step, you owe it to yourself to learn the best way to tell your spouse you want a divorce so you can keep things as peaceful as possible and do what's best for you, your spouse and your children.