DIVORCE rates have rocketed in recent years – but is there a way to stop marriages reaching the terminal stage?
Experts say there are often tell-tale signs your relationship is heading for trouble.
Getty – Contributor There are often tell-tale signs your relationship is heading towards divorce
Latest figures show there were 106,959 divorces of opposite-sex couples in 2016, an increase of 5.8 per cent compared with 2015.
This worked out at 8.9 divorces per 1,000 married men and women, an increase of 4.7 per cent on the year before.
So in times of trouble, spotting relationship red flags early could help resolve things.
Here life coach Carole Ann Rice reveals the five warning signs that your partner wants out…
Getty – Contributor If your partner has stopped posting couple shots on social media, it could be a warning sign
1. They’re off social media – or at least, to you
A modern red-alert sign is that your partner has deleted the digital scrapbook, has slowed down posts about you, or blocked you completely.
This is an easy way to begin picturing life without them; to gain a sense of individuality that they feel may have been lost.
In between all the Instagram shots of bad food and low-resolution sunsets, there used to be photos of you as a couple – now they have been deleted (removing what are soon-to-be painful memories).
2. They’re moody
Life can sometimes stick us with a case of the mean reds, but at other times, a partner being upset and irritable can be a sign they’re considering a break-up.
Moodiness leads to them withdrawing from you and being unable to talk.
If you feel like you can’t do anything to help, you may need to ask what’s going on.
Getty – Contributor Going out without your partner could be a warning sign, experts claim
3. They’re not available
If they start to pick-up new classes at the gym, overload themselves with projects at work, or simply put, are rarely at home and spending time with you, be wary.
Screening becomes the new routine as they become increasingly difficult to pin-down.
Sometimes, when we can’t face a situation like breaking-up with our partner, ghosting is an easier (but more destructive) solution.
4. They’ve stopped making future plans
It could be the big stuff: discussions of babies or owning a home.
It could be small: booking a reservation at that new pop-up restaurant, buying tickets to a concert.
With a partner pulling away and not making as much contact time, take initiative and sit down with them.
They likely have emotions whirring in their heads, so encouraging them to open up is key.
Getty – Contributor Partners who pick up new classes at the gym or become increasingly difficult to pin-down, could be wanting a lifestyle change
5. They’re less intimate
If your partner is debating leaving you, the process will see them treat you more as a friend than a lover.
If your sex life grows sparser, and they treat it more as a chore or duty than a moment of intimacy, or conversely, you have more sex than hanging out, be cautious.