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Types of emotional abuse that can lead to divorce

On Behalf of | Jul 3, 2024 | FAMILY LAW - Divorce

When a couple gets married, there is a lot that each spouse commits to, including mutual respect, communication and support. 

However, if your spouse absconds these commitments and resorts to emotional abuse, it can create an unhealthy and damaging environment that may lead to divorce. Types of emotional abuse that can lead to divorce include the following.

Unfair control of finances

A spouse demanding complete control over all financial matters, restricting the other partner’s access to money and monitoring or limiting their spending can create a power imbalance and encourage feelings of dependency and resentment. When this happens, it is easy for the controlled partner to feel trapped and powerless, which can lead to significant emotional distress and eventually the need for divorce.

Emotional manipulation and gaslighting

When a marriage is marred by emotional manipulation and gaslighting, one partner manipulates the other’s perception of reality, causing them to doubt their own thoughts, memories and sanity. This can be deeply damaging, leading to confusion, low self-esteem and a loss of confidence. The victim may feel constantly anxious and uncertain as they are made to believe that their concerns and feelings are invalid or exaggerated.

Silent treatment and withholding intimacy

A successful marriage is built on open communication and mutual affection. Using silent treatment or withholding intimacy as punishment creates emotional disconnect and feelings of rejection, leading to deep resentment and the breakdown of the relationship.

Passive-aggressive behavior

This is where one spouse constantly expresses hostility or resentment indirectly, often through subtle means such as sarcasm, procrastination or backhanded compliments. The passive-aggressive partner may undermine the other’s confidence and sense of security by not openly addressing issues or concerns, leading to ongoing misunderstandings and unresolved conflicts. Over time, this can lead to a breakup of the marriage and divorce.

If you are considering ending your marriage through divorce, legal guidance may help clarify your options and the legal procedures involved in dissolution.