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Toxic issues and divorce often intersect

There are thousands of books and videos that are designed to help married couples in Texas and elsewhere to improve their relationships or to resolve a specific marital problem. Marriage can be challenging, especially if you’re struggling with toxic issues, such as narcissism or chronic infidelity. When such issues arise, it’s not uncommon for a concerned spouse to determine that filing for divorce is the most logical step to take.

What makes a relationship toxic? There is not a definite answer to the question because no two marital relationships are exactly alike. There are, however, several issues that you might consider defining issues that would make you believe that your relationship is no longer viable.

Does your spouse refuse to talk to you when there’s a problem?

If you feel disappointed when you want to talk about a marital problem, but your partner is giving you the silent treatment, you’re not alone in your struggle. This can become a toxic issue in a marriage if one spouse feels the other offers no emotional support and is only thinking about his or her own feelings. Another sign of a toxic relationship might arise if you feel like you’re being isolated from family and friends because of your partner’s anger or unwillingness to encourage a social life.

Is your spouse unwilling to seek help for an addiction?

Perhaps you’ve been reluctant to seek emotional support from family and friends because the issue causing toxicity in your marriage is substance abuse. It’s understandable that you’d want to maintain as much privacy as possible when dealing with this type of problem.

Maybe you’ve tried everything to convince your spouse to get help, but he or she simply refuses to do so. This is a toxic issue that people often cite in divorce. It’s also an issue that can spark legal complications regarding child custody and visitation. If you believe your ex’s lifestyle poses a risk to your children, you may choose to request sole physical and legal custody. The judge will expect you to show evidence that substantiates the accusations you’ve made.

Avoid stress while settling your divorce

Settling a divorce in a Texas court can be difficult if these or other toxic issues are present in a marriage. If you have children, their well-being is undoubtedly a top priority. Navigating a situation where you know what’s best for them but your spouse is refusing to cooperate can intensify the emotional turmoil you already feel. This is why it’s important to remember that you don’t have to go it alone.

If friends, family and others are willing to provide emotional and practical support as you go through divorce proceedings, it’s not only okay to accept their help, it can mean the difference between feeling overwhelmed and being confident that you and your kids can successfully adapt to a new lifestyle.

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