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Is the Seven Year Itch real?

On Behalf of | Jan 28, 2022 | Divorce |

As you get closer to your 7th wedding anniversary, you may hear people talk about the so-called Seven Year Itch. Essentially, this just refers to a time when people feel like their relationship has become stagnant, and they may be more likely to get divorced or seek out a new relationship. 

But is this real? Or is it just something that people say? 

A married couple can drift apart 

First and foremost, this is not real in the sense that it’s going to impact everyone the same way. Many couples never experience it at all. Some of them experience it before or after the seven-year mark. 

But it’s just an easy way of acknowledging that couples sometimes drift apart over time. This is a very normal part of any relationship. Seven years is a long time, and it is normal that you may feel like your relationship now lacks the spark it once had. 

Is this going to lead to divorce? It can, especially if your spouse feels the same way. The two of you may realize that you’ve just drifted apart, that things have changed and that it’s time for a new chapter in your marriage. 

But the important thing to keep in mind is that seven years is just a rough guess. It doesn’t apply to all cases, and you may feel like this at any stage in your marriage. It may or may not lead to divorce. It may happen in a second marriage. This sense of drifting apart from your partner is normal, even if it manifests itself in very different ways. 

If you do find yourself considering divorce at any stage in your marriage, make sure you know what legal steps to take.