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Is Falling Out Of Love Reason Enough For Divorce?

Original Publish Date: October 28, 2019

Revised October 12th,  2022

Deciding to divorce or separate from your partner is often not an easy thing to do. As hard as the situation can be, you should know that you aren’t the first or the last person going through these circumstances. Divorce is a decision that requires much thought and consideration.

There can be many motives for divorce. Issues in a marriage that may arise include infidelity, disagreements over finances, lack of communication, unresolved conflict, unrealistic expectations, or lack of intimacy.

Falling out of love is a common reason for divorce. This usually involves more than just two people no longer finding each other attractive. The explanation of why a couple may have fallen out of love usually runs more profound than that.

With today’s hectic lifestyle, everyone is multitasking, juggling work, finances, raising a busy family, and sometimes prioritizing the well-being of a marriage may fall to the bottom of our list of priorities.

In the first instance, it may be worth considering marriage counseling or couples therapy. Sometimes it’s a case of couples not seeing eye to eye on everything from day to day routines, to big decisions. 

When this is the case, resentment can fester into frustration and detachment, causing a breakdown in the marriage. Speaking to an objective third party to voice concerns may help to resolve the issues.

If the reasons for the strain in the marriage cannot be resolved, it may be time to chat with a divorce lawyer to understand your rights and potential exposure.

If you decide to proceed with a divorce, in Ontario you must file a document called an ‘Application for Divorce’ in court. This marks the beginning of the divorce process and needs to include information relating to the legal reasons for the separation.

Signs Your Partner Is Falling Out of Love 

If you’re worried that your partner may be falling out of love with you, there are some key signs to look out for. Here are four of the most common signs that your partner may be losing interest in you:

1. They’ve Stopped Making an Effort

One of the clearest signs that your partner is no longer interested in you is if they stop making any effort in the relationship. If they used to go out of their way to make you feel loved and special, but now they couldn’t care less, it’s a sign that something has changed.

2. They’re Always Busy

Another sign that your partner may be falling out of love with you is if they’re always busy and don’t have any time for you. If they used to make time for you but now they’re always too busy to even talk to you, it’s a sign that you’re no longer a priority in their life.

3. They Don’t Communicate With You

When people are in love, they want to communicate with their partner as much as possible. But if your partner has stopped communicating with you, it’s a sign that they’re falling out of love. If they used to be eager to talk to you about everything but now they’re barely even interested in talking to you at all, it’s a red flag.

4. They’re Not Interested in Physical Intimacy

Physical intimacy is an important part of any relationship. If your partner used to be interested in being physically close to you but now they seem to avoid any type of physical contact, it’s a sign that they may be falling out of love with you.

If you’re worried that your partner may be falling out of love with you, these are four of the most common signs to look for. If you notice any of these signs in your relationship, it’s important to talk to your partner about it and try to figure out what’s going on.

Legal Reasons For Divorce In Ontario

While a spouse can decide to divorce because they have fallen out of love, legally in Ontario and Canada-wide, a divorce can only be granted for one of three reasons.

One spouse does not need to have an agreement from the other to file for divorce. Both spouses are considered equal, and either spouse can claim one of the reasons listed below:

The spouses have been separated for at least one year.

Separated means no longer living as a couple and no longer working on their relationships. Typically, factors that may indicate a separation include:

  • Living in separate rooms or separate residences
  • Maintaining separate social lives
  • No longer being intimate
  • Announcing to the world that you are separated
  • No longer attending family functions as a couple
  • Changing the way accounts are held and how expenses are paid
  • Augmenting day-to-day routines such as having meals as a family, or doing each other’s laundry
  • Parties may live under the same roof, as long as they remain separated. Having said that, a spouse can file for divorce as soon as they no longer have the intention of living with the other person. However, the judge will not finalize the divorce until at least 12 months of separation have passed.

One spouse committed adultery by cheating on the other.

Only the spouse who was cheated on can use adultery as the reason for the divorce. In these cases, the party with whom the adultery occurred must be named in the Application and served as well.

One spouse physically or mentally hurts the other and living together is no longer possible.

This means physically assaulting or otherwise hurting, or sexually abusing the spouse.

Contact Epstein Law Today

Reach out to us if you’d like to speak with one of our divorce lawyers in Newmarket about your reasons for divorce. Our experienced team is here to help you navigate the legal complexities of the divorce process.

Call Epstein & Associates at 1.866.463.2266 today.