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Is your spouse distant? Depressed? Are you worried your husband or wife is having an affair? Couples counseling may be the answer. But maybe your husband is ready to leave you.

It is important to know the clues and be on the lookout for signs that your husband or wife wants to leave you.

When one spouse files for divorce, the other can feel blindsided —until weeks and months later, they look back and see all the red flags they were missing, or ignoring, or repeatedly turned down for sex. For years.

In my case, my ex-threatened to leave for months. I was pregnant, and couldn't believe it — until he left his wedding ring on a shelf where he knew I'd see it. No subtlety there!

“There are often many indications of a pending divorce, but people don’t want to see them or acknowledge that their marriage may be in danger,”

Gretchen Cliburn, a financial planner and certified divorce financial analyst in Springfield, Mo., in Wall Street Journal.

This article outlines:

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Telltale signs your husband or wife is planning to leave you and wants a divorce

1. They stop arguing with you.

If you've been bickering (or screaming) for years about certain issues, and they suddenly stop, they may very well have thrown in the towel.

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2. He or she spends more time with their own friends or family members than before — and less with you.

You may have been your husband or wife's primary comfort and friend, but now you have been replaced with other people (or a lover, for that matter).

What to do now: See above. Shore up your support system.

3. Your husband becomes evasive or stops caring about future plans, whether planning vacations, holidays, home repairs — all now irrelevant because they are out of there.

What to do now: Find a divorce lawyer. Many attorneys offer free phone consultations. Find someone who promotes collaborative divorce or mediation, when appropriate.

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4. They suddenly focus on their appearance.

This might include plastic surgery, major weight-loss, new wardrobe all may be signs of a new lease on life — without you.

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5. They act secretive about their phone messages, texts, mail, and emails.

There may be an affair at play, or they may be waiting for a call from their lawyer, accountant, real estate agent, or spending time researching alimony law.

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6. They are suddenly interested in the family finances, after leaving the money management to the other spouse.

From the Wall Street Journal:

“Michael Stutman, past president of the New York state chapter of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, says one red flag could come from the spouse who shows new interest in credit-card offers. The spouse could be trying to build up credit in his or her name or be concerned about maintaining access to liquidity during the divorce, he says.”

What to do now: Research all your accounts, collect documents for bank, savings, investments, real estate, debt, loans. Open accounts in your own name to build and maintain credit.

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7. Rejiggering of assets or credit

Say, taking out large sums from a home equity line, unusually high spending on a joint credit card (or worse, one in the other spouse's name), or withdrawal from investment accounts. The opening of new accounts or credit cards in their name only is another sign. Or, unusually large cash withdrawals from accounts is another red flag, as is if a spouse stops contributing to investment accounts (because those funds may be stashed away as an exit strategy instead).

What to do now: Shit is now serious. Retain an attorney and move to freeze accounts. Half of this money is likely yours. Keep lots of records. 

8. Intercept of financial or legal documents.

For example, if tax or investment documents were always mailed to both of you, and suddenly they stopped, your spouse may have signed up to receive them electronically — or snagged them from the USPS, or change account passwords without telling you.

What to do now: Educate yourself about investing and saving if you feel behind. Read: How to start investing for women

9. Lots of talk about how poorly their business is doing.

He or she might be planting notions that he has fewer assets and income than in actuality.

What to do now: Focus on your own earning.

If you are under-employed, start searching for a new job or side gig. Read: Top companies for work-at-home jobs for single moms

Assume you are entitled to alimony as a stay-at-home mom — or terrified you have to pay it? Educate yourself about alimony law, and also understand the negatives of relying on alimony income from an ex.

Also, as women become more successful, more and more moms are paying child support and alimony.

10. You might find strange documents about apartments, or relocation offers around your home.

They are looking for a new place to live.

What to do now: Read How is property divided in a divorce and who gets the house?

11. Refusal of a stay-at-home parent to get a job, or a lesser-earning spouse to take a higher-paying position

She may be ensuring higher child support or spousal maintenance.

What to do now: Call that lawyer

12. On the flip side, a spouse may turn down a promotion or overtime to lessen their financial responsibility post-breakup.

The less income they report now, the less they have to pay in child support or alimony.

What to do now: How to negotiate a pay raise or promotion

13. Sudden interest in the kids

If they are thinking of leaving, and want to make sure they secure their share of custody time with the children, they show uncharacteristic interest in sports, religious, school and other activities, as well as ensure the children spend lots of time with their side of the family.

What to do now: Read: 29 ways to co-parent like a pro, and embrace a 50-50 custody arrangement. You'll thank me later, no matter how scary or sad that may seem now.

14. An aggressive insistence to relocate to be near their extended family.

What to do now: Attorney, now. 

15. Sex stops, or sex starts to suck.

If you're still having sex, but the other partner stops caring about your pleasure, or intimate connection, they are checked out emotionally, and a divorce may be next. (Though I did report on weird cases where that chemistry outlives the marriage. Rare, weird but possible!)

What to do now: Pray. Focus on your own wellbeing.

[How to get over a divorce when your husband cheated]

What to do when your wife or husband says they are done and want a divorce

If your husband or wife clearly says they want a divorce, you have two options:

  1. Try to change their mind, or
  2. Accept that the marriage is over, and make plans to move forward with a divorce, and the rest of your life.

These are scary times. Do not pretend they will change their mind or get over it. it is time to take action.

Many unhappy couples seek out therapy, both individually and together, to work through their troubles. Even if you have both accepted that the relationship is over, a skilled therapist can be useful in defusing the anger, and helping you move forward in an amicable way, so that negotiations around the children and money are less explosive, and you can focus on how to manage co-parenting, as well as best practices for helping your kids move through this difficult period.

“My wife wants a divorce.”

If your wife wants a divorce, keep in mind that the old model in which women keep kids the majority of time, and dads see kids on weekends and pay child support (and possibly alimony) still stands. Call an attorney now. Take this seriously.

Case study of what not to do: I recent heard from a dad who started to go through a garden-variety separation when his wife relocated with their baby from their home in Seattle to live near her family in Alabama. The dad was desperate to reason with her and keep the marriage together, and instead of filing for divorce and custody in Washington, he followed her to Alabama to attempt to reason with her. By doing so, the jurisdiction for the case moved to Alabama where his chances of getting a fair time-sharing arrangement were far less than Seattle.

What to do when a husband wants a divorce — and you don't

If you don't already have a therapist you like, asking friends for a local referral is helpful. Your religious leader, or even a trusted mutual friend can help, too.

Online couples therapy offers the unique ability to communicate in a three-way call, video or text or email exchange with a certified and licensed therapist — without being in the same room as your soon-to-be ex. BetterHelp's database of thousands of therapists serve individuals, couples and teens. Better Business Bureau A+ rating. Check out BetterHelp now >>

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Regardless of whether you choose to fight to keep the marriage together, agree to separate and divorce, or are scared out of your mind about the future … call a lawyer. Call a few family lawyers near you. Most attorneys will take your call for free, and answer your questions without charge. This is not only a good way to get a sense of who you may hire to help with a divorce, but also whether you need a lawyer at all. But most importantly, a lawyer will answer your questions and help you understand what your life post-divorce will look like, taking much of the fear and uncertainty out of what is one of the most stressful situations you will face in your life.

As you speak with attorneys, as well as friends who have gone through divorces of their own, consider what type of divorce is right for you. Do you really need to each have your own litigator, and drag the issue out in court? Or would a mediated divorce, in which the two of you agree to work through the divorce details with a mediator?

Or, could you agree to a non-contested divorce, in which you both work out your own agreement and file yourself? Even in the most amicable cases, it is advised to pay an attorney to look over your documents to make sure that you are both protected, and that the papers are filed according to your state's rules (so they are not rejected and you have to re-do them).

There are several quality online divorce apps. I like CompleteCase, because they provide all of the papers you need for your state, and the $299 flat fee includes unlimited document creation, and filing instructions for your state. Best of both worlds, and for a very good price. Check out CompleteCase now >>

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Regardless of your path, start to educate yourself now about the divorce process, how property is divided in divorce, why shared parenting is usually best for kids, and how you can best move forward for a happy, healthy, independent life after.

31 things every mom should ask for in a divorce

How do I know I'm ready for divorce?

There are a few times when you must get divorced:

  • Divorce is necessary if your spouse is abusive to you, your children, pets or anyone else. This includes physical, sexual, verbal, emotional and financial abuse.
  • You have to get divorced if your spouse wants to get divorced. You very likely can't change his mind — and even if you could get him to stay, that rarely works out long-term.
  • Marriage breakdown that he refuses to address or work on. It's over!

Other reasons are more subjective and personal. Here are some typical reasons you may be ready for divorce:

  • You are ready for divorce if you no longer respect him as a person, and have not for a while.
  • You are likely ready for divorce if there is no more sex or sexual attraction, and you are not OK with that. Couples navigate this issue in all kinds of ways, including acceptance and agreed-upon open relationships. You may find peace in one of these solutions, or you may be ready for divorce.
  • You may be ready for divorce if you changed and he didn't, or vice versa, or — most likely — you both changed in different directions, and no longer fit.
  • You're ready for divorce because you just want to be divorced. Maybe your husband is a really nice guy and you feel guilty about it. Maybe he is a decent person but really, really annoying. Perhaps you are in love with someone else and want to pursue that relationship — or be alone or date or otherwise be free. Maybe he is harmless but still an asshole. No matter what: You're over it, and that is OK.

Should I leave my husband / wife?

In addition to the emotional questions listed above, there are many other parts of divorce outside of the relationship itself. As you make your decision, ask these questions:

  • What will your life look like after the divorce? While you may be poorer short-term after a breakup, most people do financially recover, or at least become stable. Many people stay in miserable marriages because they believe that the immediate lower lifestyle is not worth it. But many people report that leaving an unhappy union is worth the financial struggle.
  • Are you prepared to be away from your children for half the time — or more? While equally shared parenting is becoming the norm, it is still common for one parent to be legally allowed to see the kids for a minority of the time.
  • Are you prepared to have the kids all the time? It is not uncommon for one parent who is granted minority time with the kids (the father, usually), to move away or otherwise not see the children. This leaves the time, logistical, financial and emotional responsibility on the remaining parent. Are you ready for that to be you?
  • Are you ready to co-parent with this person? The marriage may end, but you are in it for the rest of your lives if you have children with your husband or wife. This means that you may not be able to move to another location, must continue to compromise on parenting issues and otherwise negotiate with your spouse.

Regardless of your path, make sure you get the support you need and deserve. You may find that with your current family and friends, a new tribe of strong single women friends, or a trusted therapist.

Online therapy is a great option to consider — especially for busy moms. Sites like BetterHelp let you choose from thousands of licensed, certified counselors, who connect to you via phone, video, chat or email, with prices starting at $40/week for unlimited counseling, with a free 7-day trial. BetterHelp also offers couples counseling.

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“I want a divorce.” What to do when you are ready for a divorce

If you have already explored these feelings deeply — and are not just pissed off in the moment — call a divorce attorney. Many will provide a free phone consultation, and give you a snapshot of what you can expect your life to look like post-divorce in terms of money and child time-sharing. They will also give you a sense of what your divorce options are — and whether this will be a quick, low-conflict process, or how much stress and expense you may spend to get what you want.

Many people change their minds or strategy after these calls (you can speak to more than one attorney, too — which is a good idea).

Prepare for divorce

Whether you are initiating the breakup, have been served divorce papers, worried your husband or wife is ready to file for divorce, or have mutually agreed to a separation, it is important to prepare yourself mentally and financially.

While the world tells you that single motherhood is the worst thing that can happen to women, many of us find it liberating and empowering — whether for a short time or the rest of our lives. Read more about my experience, as well as dozens of other single moms in 31 reasons single motherhood is AWESOME.

Part of this experience is the ability to date in new and exciting ways — and have sex with any other consenting adult!

Moms also report the freedom that comes with purging and selling old items (his ugly-ass furniture, sell the engagement ring for $$,) decorating and owning a home all of your own, and keeping your house as tidy or messy as you like.

Also, start preparing yourself for what it will look like to co-parent with your soon-to-be-ex. Starting off the divorce process with integrity, a sense of fairness and peace establishes a precedent for positive, healthy co-parenting for the rest of your life which is good for all parties involved.

How to divorce like a feminist

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If your are a mom going through divorce:

One of the most important tools you have at your disposal when going through a divorce is your support network. Perhaps this is a fantastic group of friends and family, a support group, therapist or another resource, you need people who get and love you — and are positive and productive.

My closed Facebook group Millionaire Single Moms understands what you are going through and will be a great sounding board and source of advice. Divorce is consistently ranked as one of the most stressful life events, but remember that it is passing, and life will get better (and then likely get worse at some point, but that is for another blog post!).

From my popular post, After divorce, you get a one-year pass to be a hot mess:

You get a year. A free pass for 12 months to be a freaky weirdo. Drink too much after the kids go to bed. Smoke a few cigarettes at break time with your colleagues. Let the house go, let the dishes pile up in the sink. Hell, might as well preemptively cancel the gym memberships, because you’re not going. Be stinky and oily, and let your pubes hang out of your swimsuit on a public beach in the Midwest. Sleep with a bunch of completely inappropriate people and wear things that no one at your age with your body should ever even think about wearing in public. Stay up all night stalking your college boyfriend on Facebook.

How about you? What signs did you show that you were ready to leave you? What did your ex do to signal he was ready for divorce? Share in the comments …

About Emma Johnson founder  Emma Johnson is an award-winning business journalist, activist and author. A former Associated Press reporter and MSN Money columnist, Emma has appeared on CNBC, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, NPR, TIME, The Doctors, MONEY, O, The Oprah Magazine. Winner of Parents magazine’s “Best of the Web” and a New York Observer “Most Eligible New Yorker," her #1 bestseller, The Kickass Single Mom (Penguin), was a New York Post Must Read. A popular speaker, Emma presented at the United Nations Summit for Gender Equality. Emma's Top Single Mom Resources.


  1. Ben on August 1, 2020 at 4:33 am

    Oh God, that’s a reason for divorce?surprised people like this managed to get married in the first place. Poor guy.

    IMO that’s a rediculous reason for a divorce, but honestly do him the favor and get one anyway.

  2. Laura Doyle on April 29, 2020 at 1:23 am

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    How is opening a savings account in your name only protection? If a divorce happens then courts usually just split the accounts down the middle regardless of whoose name is on the account…right?

    In the state of Washington it is a “Community Property” state. This means that all property and debt acquired during a marriage will be divided equitably by the court if the couple cannot negotiate an agreement. Property that is subject to division includes money, the marital home, retirement funds, business interests, tax credits and refunds, investments, insurance policies, household furnishings, art and other valuables, credit cards, patents/copyrights, and deferred compensation. If it was acquired during the marriage, chances are it will be counted as marital property.

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        • Jackie on July 1, 2020 at 9:07 pm

          Opposites attract but you should NEVER marry them! Otherwise you get into this situation: zero respect and can’t agree on anything. I know. My husband is the same way, too.
          Don’t waste 20 years trying to “work things out” like I have. Things “don’t work out” and by then, you may not be in as good a position to leave as you were back then. If you are able, LEAVE. Who cares what small town gossips think! Your happiness and peace of mind is way more important.

          My suggestion: Date if you must but don’t get remarried. Have single male friends you can do stuff with but stay single. You’ll be a lot happier. You want children? Be a foster mom or adopt. Better yet, get a cat or dog but remain single.

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  14. Jade on July 24, 2018 at 9:15 am

    This is really a disgusting article. You offer your two cents on the tell tale signs of a partner who is considering leaving their spouse, and then after each “sign” you offer a marketing scheme! For example on number three you mention how if they stop planning for future life events like vacation, holidays, and home repairs, it COULD be a sign that your marriage is on the rocks. However in the “what to do now” section, you give a link to a divorce attorney. How dare you! Misguiding people like that just so you can make a few bucks on affiliate links…

    Just for the record, number three has been an issue my husband and I have had in the past and we TALKED about it. And the reason he stopped planning things with vacations, holidays, and house repair is because he has been so consumed with work and finances. Im a stay at home mom, so he is the primary source of income in the family. Right now we’re in a financial rut, so his main focus is getting out of that. It takes over him. It’s a HUGE responsibility. But wait.. let me take your advice and call a divorce lawyer instead of understanding where my husband is coming from.

    And number 13? Sudden interest in the kids? Give me a break. It could be the fact that your husband found all those Google searches on divorce attorneys and he’s trying to protect his ass for the future..

    I understand that some of these might be signs of a dwindling marriage, but that’s all they are… signs. And you have the audacity to suggest to your audience to see a lawyer and check bank statements if any of these signs are in their lives instead of talking.

    This is quite frankly one of the most stupid articles I’ve ever read. But I want to thank you. I want to thank you because my husband and I are going through our own struggles at the moment, and after reading this article it made me realize that in some point of our lives, we have experienced a few of these problems. We’ve experienced these problems and have TALKED about it. Even though I might not agree with his side of things sometimes, at least I have an understanding of where he’s coming from. And seeing that we always come back together and communicate despite the problems makes me feel stronger about our unity.

    I’m not trying to be a troll. Marriage, love, and commitment is just something that is very important to me, and I’m sure the majority of your audience. Instead of giving them a vision of hope and understanding of their partner, i get an overwhelming feeling of relationship doom in this piece.

    Yes relationships get rocky, yes partners question their spouses from time to time, yes there are heated arguments and harsh words we throw at each other. EVERYONE has rocky moments in a relationship. Part of the reason relationships fail and why these “red flags” start getting worse with time is the lack of communication between partners. And I’m talking about real communication, not arguing, screaming, and pointing fingers at one another. It’s a buildup effect, which you fail to mention in your article. You give a clear exit strategy for a relationship, but no explanations and no resolution to possibly save the marriage. Meanwhile thousands of people come here searching for answers, for hope in the relationship, and then you fill their head with this nonsense instead of giving them strategies to work it out with their partner.

    I’m real sorry about your experience from your ex, but different people have different lives and different situations that result in their problems. Keep that in mind next article you write. Just a suggestion.

    • Charles on December 5, 2018 at 5:38 am

      I totally agree. A vile and materialistic article. I found it quite staggering and feel the author has no actual experience of a genuine and loving relationship, nor one that has declined.

    • Reck'd on April 10, 2020 at 9:58 pm

      In all fairness, she did say to seek out a counselor multiple times. You don’t think that constitutes as TALKING to one another?

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  18. Just me on May 21, 2018 at 12:13 pm

    Yes defiantly true on it all
    It will never be enough for the wrong person

  19. Sean on May 18, 2018 at 8:27 am

    I’ve come to realize that marriage is a bunch of bull. No matter what you feel, when your spouse is done, they are done. I have been hanging on for years hoping my wife would come back and now I am consumed by it every day. No matter how good of shape I get into, how well I play by her rules, or how many damn books I read, it doesn’t matter she is gone. The dream marriage is all that it is. A dream that turns into a nightmare. I have and will always love her but I know now her love is gone. Best advice for anyone is to not get married. Be happy with you and live your life for you. Vows don’t mean anything. They are only for show. I hope if you are struggling like me that you find peace one day. And do not bring god into this because I see now there is not a god. It is all a lie. Don’t rely on that pipe dream. Don’t be a fool like me. Good luck.
    father of 4 with a broken heart

    • Just me on May 21, 2018 at 12:12 pm

      Yes defiantly true on it all
      It will never be enough for the wrong person

    • Cheta Balizer on February 8, 2020 at 9:10 pm

      You have felt hurt and are angry. Understandable! Watch an Esther Hicks video. Its really helped me, and I think may help you with a new lease on life.

  20. Laurah on April 20, 2018 at 12:39 pm

    You should try femalehackerz1 AT gmail , she helped me when I was suspicious of my husband’s activities. She’s good and very understanding

    • on May 21, 2018 at 12:10 pm

      Thank defiantly deserve to know the truth of this relationship my close family had said he was planning to leave
      I’m just ready for it to be over and done with i feel like he is just waiting for a opportunity to gather money for another vehicle and a place to stay his brother doesn’t want him to live with him again

  21. waylon on February 21, 2018 at 9:23 am

    13. They read and have shunned being around your children in exchange for working later hours trying to get a promotion for her own personal gain because MONEY is the ultimate goal in life.

    • Tracy Gibb on April 29, 2018 at 12:38 pm

      Are you blaming someone else for the demise of your marriage? My suggestion is to stop blaming Emma for your failures and start looking at yourself. Maybe the reason your wife has to work so hard is because her husband is incapable of taking responsibility for himself and his own life. Why don’t you start being a real man and fix your life instead of blaming others? I bet your wife would love to have a man she can depend on instead of a weakling with a victim mentality. No one wants to be married to a crybaby who harasses women online. I am so sick of seeing your endless whining on this blog, I can only imagine how your poor wife feels. It’s exhausting just reading it so I can’t imagine living with it.

      Newsflash! YOU and only YOU are responsible for what happens in your life. If you don’t like it then look at yourself and make some changes. If you won’t change then you don’t want to be married that badly. Don’t respond with whiny excuses because I don’t want to hear them.

      • Heather on July 21, 2018 at 10:36 am

        Amen! Most men who comment on this articles are their own problems. They truly are weak, content to be underachievers, and resentful towards the woman in their life who has been most honest with them.

        • Michael E Glass on January 17, 2019 at 5:07 pm

          I beg your pardon, I worked my job 6 and 7. Days a week for 17 years of our 19 year marriage, I got hurt on my job 2 years ago and was out of work for 15 months, I had a lawyer that was able to get me a settlement from my job, my son went to the military and my wife left. When I call and try and talk to her she calls me pathetic, wish she would never have met me and tells our son to make sure that he knows who hes marrying or they could end up like her.

        • Kit on January 19, 2020 at 11:48 am

          Why is a man “weak” for having the emotional bandwidth to love and express heartbreak? Are these attributes exclusive to women? I would NEVER want my son to be chastised for expressing himself, especially if he were losing his love.

          If you truly believe a man is weak when he professes his sadness or loss, you are admitting.that women are also weak because they behave in normal ways when hurting. That only perpetuates the fallacy of a women as a weaker sex. Stop doing this to Menander women , in our society. The entire topic is about strength and survival after loss of a partner, probably because intimacy is lacking, yet, some here mock emotion.

          Women, love your partner. Men, express yourselves. There. That’s half the battle.

      • Santo on April 30, 2019 at 4:18 pm

        Lol….what I’m seeing here is disgruntled men making valid comments like myself who are burned out and done bc of modern womens’ sense of laziness and entertainment. I did everything under the sun to please my critical, unfaithful, unloyal and demanding wife. I worked a great career until i became 100% disabled from a serious form of arthritis. She was miserable and judged me as “lazy” bc I had days where I couldnt walk. Regardless i still cooked all of our meals, all the laundry, all the cleaning, while doing all the “manly” duties including car repairs, lawn and yard maintenance and home improvements. Mind you I’m walking with a cane. She worked part time and grocery shopped and pretty much complained that she had to leave the house. See, I’m not alone in this paradigm and this is an example of why marriage rates are dropping bc of women’s entitlement. The fact is that divorce courts are antiquated with laws meant for uneducated and careerless housewives in 1954 who couldnt survive without their exhusbands assistance which was understandable. These divorce laws havent changed and now career women are getting alimony and child support that isnt reflective of actual necessity. My buddies wife had her MBA and made more money than him. After the divorce (she blindsided him with while sleeping with his boss which it’s a fact infidelity is very common with married women wanting a divorce ) he ended up living in a studio apartment while she ended up with their 4000 square foot home that he BOUGHT before they were married. He ended up paying her more than half his salary so he couldnt even afford to live while she is considered a wealthy single mother. Hmmmm Ring a bell ladies? This is happening to millions of men in this country where we pay over half our salaries and assets and you wonder why men are angry and fed up? I will probably pay a 3rd of my SSI which isnt much to begin with. She will most likely get the majority of our assets just because she is a female. she will live comfortably and I will live on scrapes while barely seeing my kids. Tell me, how does marriage benefit us men bc this is happening to many men exponentially? It’s a fact that women initiate divorce 80 percent of the time. It’s no wonder why….cha ching!!

        • Nina on January 19, 2020 at 6:19 am

          Maybe she see’s you as intrusive or a controlling personality, maybe you’ve taken over everything she once enjoyed doing but became burnt out! How do I know this? Because I have a spouse seemly similar to you, even my own adult daughter looks back and saw how her own father was a narcissist! Take a deep look at your past actions and stop justifying your past action for the greater good! Seriously!

        • Kit on January 19, 2020 at 11:53 am

          Always have a prenup!!! It’s not sexy or romantic but it protects both parties AND keeps your assets out of government hands! Marriage can thrive when both parties are equally and fairly treated from the beginning. Wills are for the committed. If a person won’t sign one, RUN!

    • Heather on July 21, 2018 at 10:42 am

      I’m sure there’s more to THAT story Waylon. Some people don’t WANT to scrape by in life on the bottom ladder rung. Do you have any drive or ambition to get ahead in life? If you answered no, then it’s time to take an honest look into the mirror. Money isn’t the MOST important thing. But it’s pretty high up there.

  22. Wayne Mark on December 24, 2017 at 6:43 am

    hi here

  23. Terri on September 19, 2017 at 3:20 pm

    My husband,is just acting weird,not talking to me much,says he doesn’t want to be around anyone,,sex,is not like it use to be,n when we do have it,it is usually once a week,,he doesn’t plan trips anymore,or anything,he never says I love u never has,,,n he is grumpy all the time,n blames me for anything that goes wrong,n talks awfully mean to me,we been married 39 yrs,n I love him regardless of the fact that he is grumpy, ,,but I am just to the point of I am tired of trying to love someone who just doesn’t seem to give a crap about me, ,you can’t make someone love you, ,,Anyone can email me with any help,,

    • Desmarie on April 28, 2018 at 12:02 am

      I can relate to this kind of behavior.

    • Nicole on May 22, 2019 at 9:48 am

      I can relate to this too, and my marriage is long distance and only 2 years old. Sad!

  24. Jim on August 1, 2017 at 9:46 am

    You talk about stopping the husband bashing, when in reality your whole premise is to give wives a way out of marriage. You have mentioned signs of husband or wife getting ready to leave as a smokescreen to hide your true persprctive. Trying to sound as though you are playing a level field when in fact you know as a female, wives will swallow everything you have to say hook line and sinker because of the way you wrote your article. Being a female, yourself you cannot help but feel more empathy for wives who are in this situation, but are too weak-minded to leave whereas the man on the other hand is deemed stronger in any relationship, so your thoughts are primarily geared toward the female. When you read this and you are digesting what I have said, be honest about your true intentions as a woman who obviously has been through some type of relationship trauma yourself.

    • Emma on August 1, 2017 at 9:49 am

      Actually, my boyfriend who is divorced, contributed heavily to this. Sorry you are so bitter! Best wishes!

      • Waylon on February 21, 2018 at 9:58 am

        Every article you write is filled with the bitterness in your life that condescends against women and men who don’t fit your corporate-money centered lifestyle or do not share your life history. Your prose is filled with projections from the emptiness in your soul, the things that you alone feel are the cause of your unhappiness. EVERY article you have written in the past 4 months references MONEY as the savior for women. My God what a smashing world you must desire to live in that MONEY is your end goal in life. Here is a hint that might shatter your Marxist-Feminist view but a majority of men do not seek out MONEY as an end goal in life, the same male windmills you tilt your lance at in these pages (strawmen you alone have created). We know this to be true because successful people don’t write blogs blaming others for their failings or use cheap put downs about their competitors in life.

      • Kelly on September 3, 2018 at 12:56 am

        The article has no credits to the heavy contributions of the mentioned boyfriend. “Let your pubes hang out and stalk college boyfriends”?

        I will assume that was a joke just like this article and the people who produced and published this garbage.

      • Salima on February 23, 2019 at 11:36 am

        Yesssssss……. Hahaha

    • Eric on August 21, 2017 at 3:56 am

      I believe it can go ether way. In truth I believe in society today woman are advancing more in What a man is supposed to do and i believe generations are flooding father figures divorce is easy marriage is hard and work nether side anymore can put God first. That is the sign of devorce

  25. Anna on February 27, 2017 at 8:11 am

    Before I asked for a divorce, I stopped talking altogether unless I had to. I didn’t argue, stayed out of his way, intimacy went out the window 2yrs before.

    • Emma on February 27, 2017 at 9:25 am

      I understand that – common.

    • Mason Jassem on September 22, 2018 at 5:04 pm

      thank you Dr peter

    • Dave K on March 30, 2019 at 3:22 pm

      Here is the simple truth…..ALL the power, in any relationship, goes to the one that loves the least. You can’t make a person love you. If they want out, they will find a way. Best thing to do, if you truly love that person, is to let them leave. Maybe they can find their happiness again. Maybe they won’t.
      The best advice is NEVER lose the communication. It will kill a marriage….. quick. No matter what, be able to talk about ANYTHING, not yelling, talk. After all, we did marry our best friend.
      Please never forget, no one is perfect. Everyone makes mistakes.

      • Carolyn K on January 5, 2020 at 5:09 am

        My husband tells our friend, in front of me, he will out live me. I just had knee surgery and have been in a lot of pain but not terminally ill. I fell alarmed by this. Not that it matters who goes first. It just that he would say this out loud. I would never do that to someone. My friend felt embrassed for me. I’m thinking divorce. I don’t know how to get around this.

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