Check out this file for a diagram showing what the marital life cycle looks can look like!
Sometimes a marriage can feel as if it is “running in circles.” This cycle is often what is really going on! The best way to deal with the changes in the life cycle of a marriage is to “stop – drop – and – roll” to a better place.
Most importantly, stop, drop what you are doing, and renegotiate with your partner.
Here are some common crises that occur in most marriage, causing a great deal of disillusionment.
Crisis # 1: When One of You Is Ready to Change the Definition of Your Relationship and the Other Is Not
Crisis # 2: When New Members Are Added to Your Family
Crisis # 3: Extramarital Affairs
Crisis # 4: Boredom and Staleness
Crisis # 5: Midlife Questioning and Midlife Crisis
Crisis # 6: Career Crisis
Crisis # 7: Lack of Money
Crisis # 8: You Mean I’m Never Going to Be President?
Crisis # 9: When Important People Leave Your Family (Fear of Loss)
Sotile, W. & Sotile, M. (1996). The Medical Marriage: A couple’s Survival Guide. Carol Publishing Group.