You may have heard that spending too much time apart could lead to a divorce. Couples who travel a lot or work long hours may not feel very connected to one another and may not be able to build a strong, lasting relationship.
But is the opposite true? Could you spend too much time together and wind up ending your relationship because of it?
Some divorce experts definitely think it’s possible, arguing that too much exposure to one another can cause a couple to split up. Part of being happy means being independent and having your own lives, outside of just being a couple. When you spend time apart, you get to:
- Have more to talk about
- Enjoy the intimate moments when you are together
- Miss one another when you’re apart
- Feel more motivated to go do things together
- Avoid taking one another for granted.
Too much time together may also have a negative impact because things you were able to ignore or deal with before can become more of an issue. That time at the office may have been your escape, for instance. If you suddenly cannot go to work, you don’t get your escape. You may feel trapped and overwhelmed. You won’t get a chance to reset and little annoyances will seem to pile up. Suddenly, all that time together could make you realize that you don’t really want to stay married at all.
If that happens to you, or if you settle on divorce for any other reason, be sure you know what legal options you have and what steps you and your spouse need to take.