5 Signs Your Wife Wants A Divorce (And How To Prevent It)

May 5, 2024 |Gideon Hanekom

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If your marriage is ‘on the rocks’ and you’re worried that your wife wants a divorce, then this article is for you.  

I’ll explain a few signs to look for that indicate your wife is thinking about divorce, and I’ll tell you how to stop it and how to begin repairing your marriage.

So, let’s dive into the first sign to look for…

Sign #1 – Arguing Over Anything & Everything

Yes, it’s no secret that an increase in the frequency and intensity of arguments with your partner is a clear indication that all is not well with your marriage.  

Now, don’t panic here just because you and your spouse are fighting a few times a week; every married couple will disagree and have conflicts from time to time.

In fact, some would argue that it’s healthy to argue now and then as long as it leads to resolutions or doesn’t leave lingering hard feelings.

When those arguments become daily occurrences and tend to arise over almost anything, then things get a bit dicey.  

For example, if you arrive 5 minutes late for a dinner date, it turns into a massive screaming match, and both of you go to bed angry for the third time in a week, then that’s a problem.

These kinds of arguments, if they happen frequently and tend to blow small grievances or disagreements way out of proportion, can indicate that your marriage is headed in the wrong direction.

Most of the time, couples who argue too often but have otherwise healthy marriages can repair this problem relatively easily.  

In simple terms, if you and your spouse fight too much or argue often over small issues, you need to learn how to prevent useless arguments and have more important disagreements in a more civilized and constructive manner.

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Now, another and potentially more serious indication of an unhealthy marriage is when one or both of you stop trying to resolve conflict at all.

This leads me to the next point….

Sign #2 – No Longer Willing To Resolve Conflict or Find Solutions

If your partner seems to no longer care about the outcome of a fight, or if they seem to feel as though trying to find a solution to your problems is pointless or hopeless, then that can be a clear indication of deeper troubles.  

Dr John Gottman refers to this as Stonewalling. It’s usually the last stop before a relationship implosion.

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When this kind of despair sets in, your partner may withdraw further and feel as though there will never be a way for the two of you to live together in peace.  

That’s obviously not a good thing, and it’s something that you need to work on if this has become a problem in your marriage.

Sign #3 – Lack of Emotional Connection and Withdrawal of Affection

If your wife has become distant and stopped showing affection towards you, that can also be a strong indication that they’re mentally checking out of the marriage.  

Often associated with this is an overall lack of emotional connection and a lack of willingness to discuss or show feelings and emotions.

In my experience, this is one of the most obvious signs that a marriage is headed in the wrong direction.  

Usually, though, it’s more a symptom than a root problem, and resolving the core issues of your marriage can usually help rebuild the emotional connection and lead your spouse to begin showing affection again.

If you’re seeing this symptom as well as some of the others on this list, start taking action to stop the degradation of your marriage.  

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Sign #4 – Rarely or never having sex

Sex can be a symptom of other problems in your marriage — obviously, if you’re always fighting and there’s no emotional connection, the sex is going to disappear as well.

But it can also be a problem of its own and lead to a marriage crisis, whether it’s caused by fading attraction or a low sex drive.

Either way, a sexless marriage is almost always a marriage on the fast track to divorce, so if your spouse seems uninterested in sex or makes excuses, that’s a clear indication of problems.

You need to take action.

Sign #5 – Your spouse is absent more often or seems preoccupied

If your partner is staying out late more often, and showing less interest in family and spending time together, that may also be an indication that they are either unhappy with the situation at home.  

It may also be that they’re mentally preparing for life apart, building a social life, or possibly even dating.

Hopefully, that’s not the case, and don’t prematurely accuse your spouse of this just because they’re home less often, but it is a possibility.

Simply put, if you’re spending less time with your wife than you have in the past, or if she seems distant and preoccupied when you are spending time together, that can be a clear sign of a spouse mentally struggling with the decision to end a marriage.

Next Steps: Where to go from here…

First, let’s make one thing clear: just because your partner is exhibiting a couple of the behaviours that I just talked about doesn’t mean that your wife wants a divorce or that they’re definitely planning to leave you.

Let’s be very clear on that!  

It may simply be that these are indicators of existing issues or trouble ahead in your marriage.  

But if you’ve seen several of these indicators in your spouse recently, and you’re feeling that things aren’t on track with your marriage, I encourage you to act to turn things around now before matters get any worse.

The best place to start is by watching a free video by marriage expert and educator, Brad Browning.

I’ve personally found it very insightful and full of excellent observations and advice.

He explains where you’ve been going wrong and what you need to do to make your wife fall back in love with you.

==> Click here to watch the video now, what reason would you have to wait? 

Good luck!

About the author

Gideon Hanekom

Gideon Hanekom is the creator of TheRelationshipGuy.com, a popular relationship blog that ranks among the top 50 relationship blogs in 2024. The website helps couples to create happier, healthier, and more intimate relationships. Gideon is a trained professional counsellor and holds post-graduate degrees in Theology and Psychology. His articles have also been featured on respected platforms such as Marriage.com and The Good Men Project.

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