When people step foot into my office, it's because their marriage has reached a crisis point.
As a divorce lawyer, it's usually the big things that bring people to see me: there may have been infidelity or substance abuse in the relationship, or there may have been domestic violence or trauma. But for most, it is little things, left unaddressed, that eventually build to crisis.
It's natural to see the signs of these little things when you’ve worked with separating families for years, but they're much harder to recognise when you're in the relationship.
Being aware of the warning signs, and seeking early support, is the best way to maintain a healthy relationship and avoid stepping foot into a divorce lawyer's office down the track.
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There are the five signs a marriage might be heading off the tracks:
It is natural for couples to have occasional differences in opinion and disagreements, but if you’re having repetitive arguments without resolution, it may suggest a significant disconnect. It can also later manifest to ignoring each other to avoid another argument. While avoiding arguments might seem like a solution, it isn't conducive to a long-term healthy relationship.
Each of you may need to do some self-reflection and soul-searching (by yourself and with your partner) to truly understand what is causing the same old argument. There are a range of communication in marriage courses available through various providers, with both in person and online course formats available.