By Jennifer M. Paine
If you’re thinking about a temporary separation to see if your marriage is reconcilable, then you’ve probably read our articles about the risks.
On the one hand, a temporary separation allows you and your wife some space to think about what you each truly want out of your marriage.
On the other hand, a temporary separation can easily transform into a new, and bad, status quo, one in which you have doubled your living expenses and have removed yourself from your children, if you have them, and/or have set a pattern of supporting your soon-to-be-ex.
While they may be helpful for the short run, every day must bring the two of you closer together or further apart – otherwise, the risks of confusing your children, establishing a support pattern, and setting expectations that you will be the secondary or “visiting” parent take over.
Here are three less obvious, but just as common risks you should consider about a temporary separation: