Little things can kill a relationship

Relationships don’t always end dramatically, because of some big emotional blowup or a case of infidelity. In many instances, it’s just the little things that pick away at the relationship until two people no longer want to be together.

Take nit-picking, for example. It’s easy to do when your spouse doesn’t do exactly what you wish he or she would do around the house. Nothing you mention is a big deal on its own. However, after years of nit-picking, someone can just get fed up.

Communication also often breaks down over time. You may still talk about when you’re going to work or who is supposed to pick the kids up from soccer practice, but you stop having any deep, meaningful conversations. You can start feeling like you’re just checking in with your boss, not talking to someone you love.

People may also forget to have fun together. When you’re dating, you spend time going out to eat, going to the beach or hitting up the latest movies. You enjoy your time together. After you’ve been married for a while, you may start having fun with other people and just spending mandatory time with your spouse. This can cause a relationship to become far less enticing.

People often don’t do these things on purpose, and they may not even realize just how much of an impact they’re having on the relationship. However, as little issues build up over time and the relationship changes, divorce could be on the horizon. If it is, you need to know what legal steps to take to separate smoothly, especially if you have kids.

Source: PsychCentral, “8 Ways to Ruin Your Relationship,” John M. Grohol, accessed Sep. 08, 2016

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