The Problem with an Invisible Divorce

Il divorce lawyerAlthough there is a dispute about divorce rates in the United States, it is common knowledge that many people that enter into marriage end up getting a divorce. Still, that does not mean that everyone in a marriage is in a happy relationship. Some couples remain married only in name, but they are no longer as happy as they once were. This is a phenomenon known as invisible divorce, and it is very important that individuals recognize when they are involved in one.

What Is Invisible Divorce?

An invisible divorce is a marriage in which the two spouses are married in name only. They no longer share the affection they once did, and may not share the matrimonial bonds that kept them as a loving couple. Instead, the relationship resembles something more like roommates or co-workers. In many instances, spouses in this situation find that they still love their spouse, particularly if they have children together. However, the type of love they now feel is different than the feelings they had when they were married.

So, when two couples are in an invisible divorce, what is the problem? After all, the spouses are not fighting and arguing, so why go through a lengthy and possibly costly divorce procedure? The answer is because, just like people going through an actual divorce, individuals in an invisible divorce are not happy. Sometimes, one or both spouses do not even realize that they are unhappy, or they know they are, but do not want to go to the trouble of getting a divorce.

Signs You May Be in an Invisible Divorce

No one should remain in an unhappy marriage, so it is important to understand if you are in one. The signs of invisible divorce include:

  • You are no longer intimate with each other: This can involve physical relations, but intimacy goes beyond that, as well. If you no longer have warm conversations, share loving looks and laughs, or general feelings of closeness, you may be in an invisible divorce.
  • You are no longer friends: Although you and your spouse do not have to be best friends, they should be someone you feel especially close to.
  • You do not talk about your problems: All relationships hit ruts and experience problems sometimes. Many times, the couple is able to talk about these issues and work on them together. If you and your spouse no longer communicate about the things that are bothering you, it may indicate that you no longer care enough to work through your problems.
  • You make excuses for the relationship: The fact that your spouse is really good with the children or that they keep a clean household are not reasons to remain in an unhappy marriage. If you are not as happy as you once were, it may be time to take further action.

No one wants to enter into a divorce, but that does not mean that individuals should remain in an unhappy marriage, either. If you think you may be in an invisible divorce, it is important to speak to an attorney that can outline your options. In many cases of invisible divorce, for example, a mediated divorce is a good option because there is not a lot of animosity between the couple.

In an Unhappy Marriage? Talk to Our Illinois Divorce Lawyers

No one wants to get a divorce, but staying in an unhappy marriage is not a good solution, either. If you think your marriage has evolved into an invisible divorce, call our skilled Hinsdale divorce lawyers at the Law Office of Martoccio & Martoccio today. We can explain the options available and help you throughout the entire process so you can move on with your life as soon as possible and regain the happiness you deserve. Call us today at 630-920-8855 or contact us online to schedule a free consultation with one of our knowledgeable attorneys.

 

Source:

http://www.ilga.gov/legislation/ilcs/ilcs3.asp?ActID=2489&ChapterID=51

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