‘Seven Year Itch’ just one theory for marriage breakups

On behalf of The Walters Law Group, Ltd. posted in Divorce on Wednesday, February 6, 2013.

There are undoubtedly some people in the Chicago area who believe that the strength of a marriage is at the mercy of the clock, and sooner or later divorce is inevitable. Those individuals may find their evidence in the 1955 movie, “The Seven Year Itch,” a film that has had both amateurs and experts debating on whether matrimony has a natural shelf life.

Many do seem to get restless in their marriage after around seven years. Some of these people had been very involved with the early childhood stage of their kids’ lives and are at a loss of what to do next. Another common “itching point” is after three years and is a popular divorce point for those who got married abruptly and didn’t wait to have kids, possibly due to their biological clock. Twelve years is also common, perhaps because after reaching the decade mark partners begin to let their guard down and might not put in the time to maintain the relationship.

Marriage is a challenge for almost every couple, and few manage to get through it without the occasional bump in the road. Couples need to keep an open line of communication and take time to actively develop their relationship to avoid growing apart and keep that spark alive.

Not everyone will make it, and those that do have troubles need their divorce handled according to their own situation. Of course, no matter how many people try to say they know what’s going on the situation and circumstances are different for every divorce, and whether the marriage lasted three, seven, twelve, or fifty years, the process of ending a marriage is not going to be easy.

Source: Huffington Post, “The Seven-Year Itch: Fact or Fiction?” Jennifer Nagy, Jan. 28, 2013

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