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10 Signs Your Marriage Is Headed for Divorce

We will not mince words or tell you what you want to hear. These 10 signs will tell you your marriage is headed for divorce.

But first, what is marriage? What is divorce?


a married couple

Marriage is typically a union between two people who wants to spend the rest of their lives anyway. Or, at least, that is usually the goal from the start. Some would call marriage the most important institution of human society.


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Who Gets Married?

Marriage generally takes place between two consenting adults, but sometimes both parties might not necessarily be consenting, and in most cases, one (or both) might not even be legal adults.


Marriage is not limited to race or gender. Even age.

Some men in certain tribes are allowed to take a wife as young as sixteen. In some areas, same-sex marriages are allowed. Some marriages consist of more than one partner, whether a man or woman.

We will discuss these in further detail below.

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Why People Marry

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Individuals may marry for several reasons, including legal, social, libidinal, emotional, financial, spiritual, and religious purposes. Whom they marry may be influenced by gender, prescriptive marriage rules, parental choice, and individual desire.

In some areas of the world, arranged marriage, child marriage, polygamy, and forced marriage are practised. While in other areas, such practices are outlawed to preserve women’s rights or children’s rights (both female and male) or as a result of international law.

In some parts of the world, marriage has historically restricted the rights of women, who are (or were) considered the husband’s property.

Around the world, primarily in developed democracies, there is a general trend towards ensuring equal rights for women within marriage (including abolishing coverture, liberalizing divorce laws, and reforming reproductive and sexual rights) and legally recognizing the marriages of interfaith, interracial/interethnic/inter-caste, and same-sex couples.

Controversies continue regarding the legal status of married women, leniency towards violence within marriage, customs such as dowry and bride price, forced marriage, marriageable age, and criminalization of premarital and extramarital sex.

Female age at marriage is a strong indicator of female autonomy, continuously used by economic history research.


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Types of Marriage

10 signs your marriage is headed for divorce

Some people actually think we have just two types of marriage, and maybe we did at the beginning, but the world has grown and diversified, and practices have advanced with it. We generally have many types of marriage, and I will list them below.

  1. Civil Marriage
  2. Religious Marriage
  3. Interfaith Marriage
  4. Monogamous Marriage
  5. Polygamous Marriage
  6. Common-Law Marriage
  7. Left-Handed Marriage
  8. Secret Marriage
  9. Shotgun Marriage
  10. Love Marriage
  11. Same-Sex Marriage
  12. Mixed Marriage
  13. Convenience Marriage

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Civil Marriage

This is a union the law recognizes. Civil marriages are legal marriages. The state licenses and recognizes them.

Religious Marriage

As the name implies, religion supports this kind of marriage. In fact, they do not consider many religious marriages legal, but it is still a marriage, nonetheless.

InterFaith Marriage

Interfaith marriages happen between people of different faiths. A good example is when a Christian marries a Muslim.

Monogamous Marriage

This is a marriage between a man and a woman. In a monogamous marriage, a man can only have one wife.

Polygamous Marriage

This is a marriage between a man and many women. In a polygamous marriage, a man can have as many wives as he wishes. We call this act Polygyny. The reverse is called Polyandry. This means the woman marries many husbands.

Common-Law Marriage

When two people decide to live together without involving legal proceedings or signing any document that supports their union, we can say they have a common-law marriage. It is a marriage in all but name.

Left-Handed Marriage

Common in the olden days, a left-handed marriage happens between two parties of unequal rank. Between nobility and lowborn. It hardly existed back in the day, as families were known to pair their sons and daughters with those of equal ranking.

But when love began to say no to the status quo, left-handed marriages were born, and they remain in practice to date.

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Secret Marriage

This warrants no explanation. When a man and woman marry but keep it a secret from members of their family or loved ones, they have what we call a secret marriage.

Usually, a religious leader will officiate the ceremony, and maybe a few friends to bear witness, but that’s usually it.

Shotgun Marriage

A shotgun marriage happens when the couple expects a baby. They do this to protect the reputation of the child. They want the child to be born into a home with married parents.

Love Marriage

When two people marry for love, not ambition or familial duty, we call it a love marriage.

Same-Sex Marriage

Same-sex marriage is when two people of the same gender marry. While many countries still do not allow this kind of union, in recent years, there are countries where same-sex marriage is legal.

Mixed Marriage

When two people from different races come together and decide to start a union, we call it a mixed marriage. They are very common.

Convenience Marriage

A convenience marriage is when two people marry for reasons other than love. This type of marriage usually happens for practical or financial reasons.

If you belong to a noble family, you might even marry for political reasons. Back in the day, it was common for royals from different royal households to marry each other in order to form political alliances.

So those are the kinds of marriage that exist in our world today. For the next segment, we will talk about what divorce means.

10 signs your marriage is headed for divorce

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A divorce occurs when two married people decide to call it quits. Most times, it is the legal dissolution of marriage by the court. Many married couples do not wish to get a divorce, but it is sometimes inevitable due to certain circumstances.

In the next segment, we will discuss some of these circumstances so you can know when it starts happening and do the needful. We will give you 10 signs to know if your marriage is headed for divorce.

10 Signs Your Marriage is Headed For Divorce

  1. Lack of respect
  2. Lack of gratitude
  3. Failure to emotionally regulate during a disagreement
  4. Lack of effort
  5. No one takes accountability
  6. Infidelity
  7. The communication gap
  8. Inability to express emotion
  9. Frequent fights and no love
  10. Thoughts of infidelity

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To Wrap Up

So there you have it. These 10 signs show your marriage heads for divorce. Please, if you’re in a relationship and you see any of these signs, your union might not be as solid as you think, and it is up to you to do the needful and correct where necessary.

After all, no one knows the ache of a tight shoe better than the one who wears it.

If you have any comments or questions, let us know below.

Who can get married?

Marriage generally takes place between two consenting adults. However, in some cases, one or both parties might not necessarily be consenting or legal adults. Marriage is not limited to race or gender.

Why do people get married?

People may marry for various reasons, including legal, social, emotional, financial, spiritual, and religious purposes. Factors such as gender, prescriptive marriage rules, parental choice, and individual desire can influence whom they choose to marry.

What are the types of marriages?

There are several types of marriages, including but not limited to civil marriage, religious marriage, interfaith marriage, monogamous marriage, polygamous marriage, common-law marriage, left-handed marriage, secret marriage, shotgun marriage, love marriage, same-sex marriage, mixed marriage, and convenience marriage.

What is divorce?

The court legally terminates a marriage through the process of divorce. It occurs when two married individuals decide to end their marriage. While many couples do not wish to get a divorce, certain circumstances may make it inevitable.

What motivates people to get married?

People choose to enter into matrimony for various reasons, including legal, social, emotional, financial, spiritual, and religious considerations. Factors such as gender, societal norms, parental influence, and personal desires can influence the decision to marry.

Daniel Maxwell
Daniel Maxwellhttps://www.d-pari.com
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