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Is your midlife crisis actually about your marriage?

Upon reaching your 40s or 50s, you might begin to feel like you’re waking up from a dream. Suddenly, you realize that time flew past you so quickly that you barely recognize your life. It’s as if the 20-year-old version of you hopped into a time machine – and what you saw was disappointing.

This common experience has a name: the midlife crisis. If you are feeling a strange emptiness, ambivalence or even anger, you are not alone. However, it might not simply be a result of age. Instead, it could have something to do with your marriage.

Many people tend to marry in their 20s or 30s, so at this point they have spent over a decade with the same romantic partner. Perhaps the passion has faded or your spouse’s cute quirks have become irritating. Maybe you thought your marriage would be focused on traveling, family life or your careers, but you discovered that you had different priorities.

Whatever the case may be, you might find yourself at a crossroads. Do you redefine your marriage or divorce and seek new meaning in life?

In order to rebuild the connection you once had with your spouse, it’s likely that you must both agree to work on the marriage and your own faults. Some couples choose therapy or religious counsel to help them learn better communication and negotiation.

However, not every couple will find success in revitalizing the marriage. In fact, this process could make tension between spouses even worse, leading to the realization that parting ways might be the right option. If you decide to divorce, a family law attorney can guide you through this change.

A midlife crisis can be the defining moment for the next several decades. Some Maryland residents buy a sports car or switch careers while others make a change in their relationships. It’s a natural part of personal growth.

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