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Protect yourself if your relationship is rocky

Realizing that your marriage is in trouble is a challenging thought. There are several things that you should do and shouldn't do when you reach this point. One of the first things that you need to do is figure out what is best for you. It can be hard to leave a long-term relationship, but you should never stay for the purpose of remaining part of the couple.

It might help you to take some time to evaluate the situation. Think about how you feel and look at all of your options. While you are doing this, you might come to realize that only one option makes sense. If you aren't sure of what to do, remember these points.

Don't make big purchases

You shouldn't make large purchases, such as homes, boats, vehicles or other costly items if you aren't sure about the future of the relationship. These items, and the payments that go along with them, can be a major problem if you call it quits. In the case of a divorce, this will mean having to go through the property division process.

Consider professional help

It might help if you see a relationship counselor. A compassionate and objective third party can help you work through the problems. Therapy is only going to work if both parties want to make improvements in the relationship, so be sure that this is a feasible option before you shell out the money for it.

Don't make life-changing decisions

Making life-changing decisions when your relationship is on the rocks is a bad idea. You shouldn't decide to have a baby or anything along those lines until everything settles down because children won't help the situation and could actually cause more stress that could widen the divide.

Find activities to enjoy together

One issue that can lead to you and your significant other not getting along is that you have both developed separate interests. When you don't have things that you enjoy doing together, you might begin to drift apart. While you can have separate activities that you do alone, try to find some that will allow you to spend time together.

If things do lead to a split, make sure that you are protecting yourself. This means thinking about things like dividing property and similar matters. You need to be able to start your single life on the best foundation possible.

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