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When should you seek a divorce?

On Behalf of | Nov 9, 2022 | Divorce

Deciding to take the final step towards the end of a marriage usually comes after an extended period of struggles and pain. Many Tennessee couples attempt to save their marriage, work out their issues and find their way back to each other. Some, however, are in a situation where that might be impossible. Recognizing when you should seek a divorce is not easy, but some situations are so toxic, or even dangerous, that it might be the only healthy option.

When abuse becomes a factor in a relationship

When abuse comes into the picture, it will usually wreck a marriage permanently. An abusive spouse is dangerous but so is one in the grip of addiction. In those situations, the other spouse might need to make the decision to walk away and seek a divorce. Abuse as a factor in marriage can come in several ways, including:

  • Physical
  • Emotional and psychological
  • Behavioral
  • Sexual
  • Financial
  • Substance and alcohol abuse

It does not matter what type of abuse is present in the relationship to create a dangerous situation. If there are children involved, the risks become even higher, a clear sign that the marriage might need to end.

When the distance has grown too far

Even when couples seek therapy, in some cases, the distance between them might have grown too far. While in some situations this might be due to the spouses taking different paths, in others it might be the result of one spouse being incapable of loving the other person due to a personality disorder. Yet in other instances, even if one spouse might seem loving, the other spouse might still feel completely alone due to their extreme passivity when it comes to decision-making and problem-solving.

Some couples might overcome the issues that plague their marriage. But when your happiness and safety are in question, the healthier decision might be to seek a divorce.

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