Fighting in a relationship is common. You and your partner aren’t going to agree on everything and sometimes it helps to hash it out until you find the middle ground.
But how do you know when the fighting is becoming more of an unhealthy habit?
Maria Sullivan, Dating Expert and VP of Dating.com, who can shares insights and advice for arguing in a relationship.
Does not having sex mean your marriage is over? Or does this come with age?
Not having sex with your partner does not mean your marriage is over. As people get older and their schedules get crazier it can be hard for couples to find the time to get intimate. If they do find the time, they might opt for something more relaxing such as watching TV or reading a good book. Yes, sex is important in a relationship to keep that intimate connection, but shouldn’t be the main cause of an ending marriage.
How many fights do you need to have before you say it’s over?
There isn’t a specific number of fights that once hit, mean it’s time to end your marriage. However, if you are starting to notice that arguments outweigh happy conversations then it might be time to seek professional help to resolve issues and find what is really going wrong in your marriage. If counseling doesn’t seem to help and the disagreements start to become even more frequent, then it might be time to call it quits.
What are the tell-tale signs you should start consulting a mediator or divorce attorney?
A major sign that you should start consulting a mediator or divorce attorney is when you find yourself unhappy. If you wake up every day unhappy in your marriage, resenting your spouse, or don’t like the person you are in your relationship, then it is time to get out of that marriage and start fresh.
Another tell-tale sign is that your spouse stops being your “go to” person. Whether you have a good or bad day, a funny story, or just need to vent, if your partner isn’t the first person you want to talk to, or even the last, then it may be time to move on from the marriage.