Feb 19, 2020

5 Main Signs of a Toxic Marriage

Are you concerned that you might be trapped in a toxic marriage? If you’re considering divorce, but hesitant to seek help from a family law attorney, we’re here to help you make the best decision for you and your family. Knowledge is power, so be sure you’re educated on these 5 common signs of a toxic marriage.

1. Domestic Violence

One of the most obvious signs of a toxic marriage is domestic violence. Domestic Violence, whether it be physical, sexual, emotional, verbal or financial abuse, is a very serious (and often life-threatening) situation that can be incredibly difficult to escape.

If you are stuck in an abusive marriage or relationship, there are many resources available in the state of Georgia that can help. You can reach out to the Women’s Resource Center 24/7 at 404-688-9436. If you live outside of Atlanta, call the Georgia statewide hotline at 1-800-33-HAVEN (42836) to connect with the advocacy program nearest you. The National Domestic Violence Hotline phone number is 1-800-799-SAFE (7233).

2. Infidelity

Infidelity, or the act of physically or emotionally cheating on your partner, is a tell-tale sign that something is not going well in the marriage. There are many reasons that people cheat, but it all comes down to one thing – there is something missing that’s compelling them to look elsewhere for what they want.

While many couples choose to work through infidelity, it is still a leading cause of divorce in the U.S. If you’re a victim of infidelity, it’s important to make the decision that’s right for you. We’re always available as a resource to discuss divorce options at any time.

3. Manipulation

Manipulation is an incredibly toxic and serious issue because it tends to be very sneaky. Master manipulators are experts in twisting your words and actions to make you feel crazy, and it can go on for years before you even realize it’s happing. If you frequently hear things in your marriage like “if you really loved me…” or “I was just joking, stop being sensitive,” then you may be married to a manipulator. Here’s another great article on signs you’re being manipulated.

4. Gaslighting

Another form of manipulation, gaslighting refers to the act of undermining another person’s feelings by denying facts. Gaslighting occurs when someone feels the need to be “in charge” in the relationship and ease their personal anxieties. People who are victims of gaslighting frequently hear things like “you’re just sensitive” or “you’re being too paranoid,” causing them to question facts and their own emotions.

5. Alienation from Friends and Family

Do you have the freedom to make plans and communicate with your family and friends? If not, you are likely married to someone who’s exhibiting a very toxic behavioral trait – alienation and control. It’s essential for partners to respect one another’s human need to spend time with loved ones, whether they want to or not.

Unfortunately, many people in toxic marriages experience more than one of these traits. After all, where there’s smoke there is usually fire. If you are trapped in a toxic marriage and aren’t sure where to turn, we’re here for you. All it takes is 30 seconds of courage. Let us help you take the first step towards a better life. Call (770) 796-4000 today to request a consultation with a family law attorney.

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