Signs that Your Relationship is in Trouble: What to Look Out For

March 14, 2022
Quarrels in a relationship

Relationships are not always easy. There are highs and lows, good times and bad times. But with the right partner, it's worth it to work through the tough moments.

However, if you're finding that your relationship is falling apart more than it's getting better, it might be time to take a moment to evaluate your relationship. Sometimes you need to look out for the warning signs that your relationship is in trouble before they become too serious and irreparable. Here are some ways to tell if there are problems in your relationship.

Recognize the Signs

One of the easiest ways to tell that your relationship is on the rocks is to recognize the signs. If you're noticing some changes in how you and your partner are communicating, that could be a warning sign. Or if you've been feeling like something is off but can't tell what it is, that could be a sign too.

If you notice these types of warning signs, it might be time to have an honest conversation with your partner about what's going on. You may want to take a step back from the relationship and look at what's happening from both sides before making any rash decisions.

That being said, if you find that there are more warning signs than positive indicators, it might be time to let go of the relationship for good.

Communication Problems

The most obvious sign that your relationship is in trouble is if there are issues with communication. If you're not talking to one another anymore, that's a major problem. It's important to always have a line of communication open. When a couple can't communicate their feelings or thoughts, it can lead to other problems like resentment and fighting.

When One Person Is More Interested Than The Other

If one person in the relationship is more invested than the other, it can be a sign that the relationship is not going to last. Sure, you may have a hard time understanding why your partner isn't as interested as you are. It can also be difficult to work through when one person has more reasons for wanting to break up than the other. But if you find yourself feeling guilty or obligated because your partner doesn't want to end things, it might not be worth it to stay in this type of relationship.

Changes in Attraction, Affection and Time Spent Together

One common sign that your relationship is in trouble is a change in how attractive, affectionate and time you spend together. If one partner is spending less time with the other, it could be because they're dissatisfied with their partner. When there's less attraction and affection in the relationship, it's another sign that something might be wrong.

These common signs are worth being mindful of because they are warning signs that your relationship might not last if things stay the same or get worse.

Arguments with Your Partner Grows Worse

Everyone gets into arguments with their partner. But what happens when the arguments become too frequent? And not just yelling or angry shouting, but physical violence?

If your partner is doing things like getting into physical fights with you, using a weapon against you, or threatening you in any way, this may be a sign that your relationship is in trouble. However, it's important to remember that one incident isn't always indicative of a "bad" relationship; sometimes people make mistakes. So if there are only occasional physical altercations, then it might not be time to worry yet. But if these incidents are happening more and more often, then it might be time to consider ending the relationship.

Fighting All The Time 

Another sign of a relationship in trouble is fighting all the time. It's important to have disagreements and fights, but if you're always arguing, it might be time to take a step back and evaluate your relationship.

Maintaining Healthy Boundaries 

In a healthy relationship, partners establish boundaries in order to protect each other. They make sure they are clear on their needs and what they expect from their partner. But when one person is constantly giving with no reciprocation, that healthy balance becomes unbalanced. This could be an indication that there is a problem in the relationship.

Another way to tell if your relationship has problems is if you feel like your partner is taking advantage of you or vice versa. Signs that your partner might be taking advantage of you include repeated requests for money, constant nagging about minor issues, or pressuring you into doing things you don't want to do. You should also look out for red flags if your partner doesn't seem to care about your feelings and continues to treat you poorly even after telling them how it makes you feel. 

You should also watch out for signs that you're taking advantage of your partner. Signs that might indicate this are when one person does all the housework while the other takes credit for it, one person always pays for everything at restaurants, or one person always says "yes" when the other wants something done around the house because they don't want to disappoint them.


Relationships are hard work. If your relationship is having a tough go, you might be wondering if it's time to call it quits. But before you do, there are some signs to look out for that will help you determine if your relationship has a chance at improving or if it's time to break up.