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Romantic Partnership & Marriage Breakdown

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Communication breakdowns between engaged and committed romantic partners may lead to troubled and failing marriages and committed partnerships. You may be experiencing signs of a romantic relationship breakdown when in times of high conflict or not communicating with your partner.

Too often, couples’ roles as parents have taken over to such a large extent that they have abandoned what got them together in the first place – their role as lovers, romantic and sexual partners.

A Marriage of Conflict, Miscommunication or Low Intimacy?

Little romance in your relationship often leads to less intimacy and sexual time together, leading to the risk of infidelity and meeting personal and romantic needs in ways that endanger the marriage or committed love partnership.

Often drifting apart includes inappropriate texting, chatting, or instant messaging to people outside of the marriage or sometimes overuse of pornography by one or both partners.

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Is Your Marriage on Life Support?

Unhappy Couple on a Park Bench

Whether infidelity in some form has or has not yet happened, Here are signs that your romantic relationship is breaking down include:

  • Hurtful arguing
  • A good deal of criticism
  • Sarcasm
  • Belittling
  • Name-calling
  • Contempt, as seen with “eye-rolling”
  • An increase in arguing
  • Stonewalling, also known as "silent treatment"

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Commonly, one or both unhappy partners will go passive, refusing to engage, including the hurtful “silent treatment.” Parenting disagreements that never seem to get solved are also commonplace. Lack of cooperation with each other, or with children, can be part of the way many relationships break down.

The 5 Best Reasons to Begin Marriage Counseling Now

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  1. The simple act of committing to marriage therapy and showing up for your online or by phone sessions shows you and your partner that you both are willing to take steps to make things better. The act of showing up for couples counseling proves that you care about each other and your marriage
  2. With your first session, you and your husband or wife will learn insights and communications tools to begin mending your relationship
  3. You will grow personally, as well as a couple. For your relationship to get better, you and your partner must do things differently. It makes sense to take a hard look at your thinking and behavior and not just blame your partner
  4. In the first session, I ask my online or by phone couples to promise each other that there will be no sudden exits. If one of you decides that you want out of the relationship, you will be encouraged to do so only after thoughtful and deliberate consideration rather than as a result of an emotional blowup. With this commitment to each other, both of you can relax more into the process of trying out the many new ways of relating that you will learn in marriage therapy
  5. You have the opportunity to lessen the intensity of heartbreak and pain that you and your mate are presently experiencing
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