What Can Cause A Marriage To Reach Its Breaking Point?

In an ideal world, married couples would be happy with each other and able to navigate life with ease. However, this is hardly the case. Couples often experience bumps in the road, whether they are small disagreements or huge crises.

Disagreements are easy enough to clear up and move from, but a crisis can be hard to move past. In a crisis, the couple may never address the underlying problem.

By the time a couple seeks counseling, it may already be too late. Here are some ways to deal with a crisis and repair your marriage.


In many cases, affairs are the product of a dying relationship. By the time one spouse has an affair, it’s usually not a surprise. The marriage has been rocky for quite some time and while there may be some anger, the couple may not want to save the marriage.

If the couple does want to save the marriage, there will be a lot of tension and distrust. It can be hard to move on after infidelity because couples often fail to address the underlying problem.

Traumatic Events

Sometimes couples have to deal with devastating events in life. A loved one may die. A child may have a drug addiction or criminal record. Job loss can cause a spouse to develop depression.

In these situations, couples may just march on with life as if nothing has happened. They can’t do this. They need to allow themselves time to grieve, often with support from a third party. Couples need to work together to get through the situation and focus on what they can control.


Life is always changing. Couples have babies. Maybe you move to a new location for a job. Perhaps you’re dealing with an empty nest after the children go off to college. Maybe one spouse is retiring. These transitions can all be stressful for couples.

When couples don’t work together, they drift apart. In fact, many couples divorce after these transitions. You can prevent this by being proactive. Be open with each other and get outside support if necessary.

Being Fed Up

Sometimes a person just gets fed up with their spouse. They’re spending too much money. They’re abusing alcohol or drugs. There’s a lack of affection. There’s constant arguing, causing the spouses to lose hope, knowing that nothing will ever change.

The offending spouse may do well for a while, but then slip back into their old routines. It’s time for the couples to have honest conversations about their needs. Everyone needs to put effort into the marriage.

Contact a Maryland Family Law Attorney Today

While many things can lead to divorce, there are a couple situations that can cause a marriage to experience a crisis. How a couple deals with a crisis will determine whether or not the relationship will last.

A crisis like an affair can easily lead to divorce. If you are ready to end your marriage, see how a Columbia divorce lawyer from The Law Offices of Todd K. Mohink, P.A. can help you end your relationship with ease. Schedule a consultation today by calling (410) 774-5987 or filling out the online form.



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