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What’s Next After the Love Is Gone From Your Marriage?

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A divorce attorney can help you find your way forward.

Valentine’s Day is when couples express their love and appreciation for one another through gifts and romantic dinners. But it’s not that way for everyone. Many couples are in marriages that have broken down over time. The love has gone out of the relationship and they are starting to think about moving forward.

Making the decision to get a divorce is not an easy one. This can be an emotionally challenging time, and the future seems unclear. The legal process of going through a divorce may seem overwhelming, and you may not be sure what to do next. An experienced divorce attorney can guide you through this transition.

Signs that a divorce is likely

Every marriage faces challenges. And there are many reasons that couples decide to end a marriage. But there are some common signs that a marriage is breaking down and a couple is headed toward divorce. These include:

Lack of intimacy

Intimacy goes beyond sex. Couples also express intimacy through holding hands, cuddling, and affectionate touching. These are all ways in which couples stay close. But when there’s a lack of intimacy, it could be a sign of emotional distance, trust issues, and other relationship difficulties.

Lack of communication

Good communication is important in any relationship. Couples need to be able to communicate their needs, desires, goals, and expectations. When there is conflict, issues can often be resolved when there is communication. But when communication breaks down, it can lead to misunderstandings, resentment, and a loss of connection.

Spending less time on the relationship

Relationships take work. Careers, family, and hobbies can take up a significant amount of time, so it’s important for couples to prioritize the relationship. They can do this by scheduling time together, talking frequently, and celebrating each other’s successes. When working on the relationship is no longer a priority, it could mean that the marriage is in trouble.


Showing respect for one another is part of a healthy marriage. Showing disrespect to a spouse is a clear sign that things are not going well. Disrespect can take the form of constant criticism, blaming, or belittling comments. There may be mockery, negativity, dishonesty, or a disregard of a spouse’s feelings.

Crossing boundaries

All couples establish boundaries in their relationship. This is usually a process that develops over time. Examples may include the need for personal space, rules for communication, or limits on spending. When these boundaries start to be crossed, it’s often because there are problems in the relationship.

What to do if you’re headed toward divorce

Getting a divorce can be difficult under any circumstances. However, there are some things you can do to prepare for the process. For example, gather financial documents, such as bank statements, tax returns, investment accounts, and property deeds. These will be helpful when determining marital assets and liabilities.

Focus on self-care during this challenging time. Pay attention to your physical and emotional well-being by eating healthy, exercising, and managing stress. Lean on friends and family for emotional support.

If your marriage is ending, talk to an experienced divorce lawyer. You need an experienced attorney who can guide you through the legal process, offer support, and stand up for your rights.

How can a divorce lawyer help?

A divorce lawyer can give you advice that addresses your specific situation. An attorney can help you understand your rights and responsibilities, and discuss the legal implications of certain decisions throughout the process. In addition, your lawyer can:

  • Handle the preparation and filing of all necessary legal documents, such as divorce petitions, financial disclosures, and child custody agreements.
  • Work to ensure that you receive a fair share of the property and assets acquired during the marriage, based on state laws.
  • Negotiate agreements with your spouse’s attorney on issues such as property division, spousal support, child custody, and visitation.
  • Represent you at any divorce hearings and proceedings in front of a judge.

Divorce may be the end of your marriage, but it is also the beginning of the next stage of your life. In West Virginia, Klie Law Offices is here to help. Our attorneys can guide you through the divorce process from start to finish. We are dedicated to helping you get the best possible outcome so you can move forward.

Learn more about how we can help. Contact us today to schedule a case evaluation.

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