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Advice on Marriage Separation - Can It Really Repair a Broken Marriage?

Sep 13, 2008
Marriage separation is often used successfully by married couples to work through the problems they are currently having and learn how to save their marriages. However, for some couples, it can do just the opposite by creating more distance between them until there is nothing left to build on. Whether or not marriage separation can work for you is dependent upon your unique situation and personalities. Here is some advice on marriage separation and

whether it can really repair a broken marriage.

What Does Marriage Separation Offer?

Typically, marriage separation allows a married couple to put some space in between them. This can remove them from a hostile situation where they are continuously arguing or fighting about one thing or another. Spouses usually live apart during a marriage separation and this gives them the chance to think about things without the stresses of that sort of hostile environment.

It also shows them a glimpse of what life will be like without their spouses - so that they get a new perspective on the entire situation. Soon, it becomes evident whether absence makes the heart grow fonder or strong enough to go through with a divorce.

How Does the Distance Affect Most Married Couples?

The distance of a marriage separation affects each marriage differently. As stated above, it gives the couple a chance to reflect and think. While one couple may decide that their lives are not complete without their spouses, for another couple marriage separation may be the space they need to decide they are better off apart. Think about your own marriage and what the major problems are.

Usually, most of the arguments and disagreements can be pinned down to one or two root causes. Are these root causes something that can be easily fixed? If so, marriage separation may give you the chance to repair the damage and fix those root causes so that you can rebuild your bonds and become happier.

Although marriage separation isn't right for everyone, some couples truly benefit from it. If you're stressed out from daily chores and responsibilities, it can be difficult to really decide how to fix your marriage. For this, marriage separation is beneficial.

Think about your situation and determine whether marriage separation would really benefit you or not. By considering the different points above, you can better decide which is right for you. In the end, we all want to be happy so choosing the method or route that will find you happiness more quickly is important. Talk to your spouse about it and see what he or she thinks about the situation. Marriage separation could be the thing that saves your marriage.
About the Author
Dani Taylor is one of the most active members of the divorce support community at Xstilla.com. She is also the editor of the Children & Divorce section and the author of many articles that help people find their way through complicated cases of divorce and child support issues.
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