The idea of divorce scares me. While divorce rates seem to be dropping in Canada, part of me wonders if that’s just because more couples are choosing not to sign the papers to make their marriage “legal”. In 2008, it was estimated that about 41% of marriages in Canada will end in divorce by the 30th wedding anniversary, which to me sounds like a long time, but certainly not forever.
My parents and my in-laws are still married, going strong by what I can see over 30 years later so I know there is hope for my husband and I. We’ve seen it and experienced it, but that doesn’t mean we’re divorce-proof. While I don’t anticipate any issues in the future (our marriage is what I would define as ‘happy’ now), I don’t want to assume that without working at it, all will be fine.
Building a life with someone is hard work, whether you’re married legally or not and I don’t think there will ever be a couple who just has it so easy that it never feels like work. For me, it’s not always what i would define as “work”, but it’s not totally stress-free and happy all the time either. I want to be married forever, I legitimately like my husband and our family and so I choose to make myself aware of some of the red flags that marriage may be heading for trouble, in case it ever happens.
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