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Your marriage counselor may know how it will end

If you and your spouse are heading to marriage counseling, it is likely because your marriage is in trouble. You may have a clear issue to tackle, or you may simply be having difficulty communicating. Marriage counseling can often open doors that give new life to struggling marriages, but this is not always the case.

In some situations, marriage counseling is the final step before divorce. You may not realize or care to admit to yourself that certain signs indicate the marriage is over and that counseling is not the answer. However, your counselor likely has seen enough troubled marriages to recognize if yours is one that is at risk of ending in divorce.

Seeing the writing on the wall

As a neutral third party, a couples therapist has a unique perspective on marriages. Along with their training and experience, counselors often see what the couples themselves miss. Like many counselors, yours may have recognized within the first moments of meeting you and your spouse whether your counseling sessions would make a difference in the outcome. For example, the following are some of the common red flags marriage therapists notice in couples who eventually divorce:

  • Do you refuse to touch each other, or does your body language create boundaries, such as turning your backs to each other or crossing your arms?
  • Do you and your spouse shout, argue, cast blame and express your disrespect for each other during your sessions?
  • Do your discussions frequently return to old issues or conflicts about which one of you won't let go?
  • Has one of you broken the trust in the relationship through infidelity or other means, or is one of you involved in an affair you refuse to give up?
  • Have you or your spouse demonstrated a feeling of hopelessness, depression or despair that may be the result of your feelings of futility over the marriage?
  • Have you or your spouse demonstrated little emotion during the sessions, such as not crying or acting eager for the session to be over?
  • Have you lost the connection you once had, such as sharing no common interests or having a difficult time recalling happier days?

These are only a few of the signs your therapist may be seeing as you and your spouse sit together during your marriage counseling. If you also sense your marriage may be heading toward divorce, it is wise not to wait too long before obtaining information about Florida laws and advice about how best to protect your rights if the marriage should end.

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