Experts Say These 9 Seemingly Innocent Habits Increase Your Chances Of Divorce

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While there are many factors that can lead a couple to divorce, it's often the little problems that add up over time, and drive a couple apart. Think along the lines of nitpicking, being passive aggressive, or even failing to listen. These are things you might do without even realizing it, or noticing the impact it's having on you as a couple.

The trouble is, "many people think of divorce in terms of a major event like cheating or [emotional] abuse," Jonathan Bennett, relationship and dating expert at Double Trust Dating, tells Bustle. And those things can certainly do it, seeing as they involve a breach of trust, and other unhealthy dynamics.

But it's important not to overlook the little things, either. If you know how to spot them, you can make a few changes as a couple, before there's a permanent rift. "By creating daily habits to strengthen the relationship, you're going to make the odds of a breakup much less likely," Bennett says.

These might include finding new and fun ways to connect, communicating more often (and more effectively), and making each other a priority. Read on below for the small habits experts say might erode trust, connection, and happiness in a long-term relationship — and potentially even lead to a divorce — as well as what you can do to break them.