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Contempt may be the primary warning sign for divorce

By Tolison & Williams / February 10, 2016

Colorado marriages end in a number of ways, and no two couples share the exact same set of marital issues. Even so, researchers believe that there is one behavior that can predict divorce in a surprising number of cases. When one spouse has contempt for the other, the relationship can quickly degrade, leaving one or both spouses ready to call it quits and move on.

Contempt is a mix of anger and disgust. It also involved one party feeling that they are somehow better than the other. In marriages, this often manifests itself when one partner feels that his or her spouse does not share the same level of intelligence, aptitude or worth.

Once contempt is present within a relationship, things tend to go downhill. The party that has contempt for the other is often unable to relate to the feelings of his or her spouse. The partner's opinions, perspective or feelings are simply not understood. According to researchers, relationships that contain contempt are far more likely to fail than those where one partner does not feel superior to the other.

Many Colorado spouses live in marriages in which contempt is present. Regardless of what side of the matter a spouse is on, this behavior and thought pattern can be very difficult to overcome. Unless the party that feels superior is willing to go to great lengths to change his or her behavior, the marriage may ultimately fail. In such cases, it is important for both sides to retain the services of a divorce attorney, so that their individual interests can be looked after during the divorce process.  

Source:, "Relationship Killer: Study Says That This One Behavior Can Accurately Indicate Divorce Or Separation Of A Couple", Jan. 29, 2016

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