Is taking a break a good idea?
You might consider taking a break if the atmosphere at home has gotten so volatile that it has become impossible to communicate. Taking a break can be a risky move. It may make one partner's "heart grow fonder" while the other partner feels like staying apart is their ticket out of the relationship.
An agreement with rules such as not see other people, and not abandoning the relationship may help establish an understanding of what "taking a break" means to both of you. Couples therapy can a provide a safe space to keep the lines communication open while repairing damage in the relationship and build intimacy while apart.
Taking a break will be a marked moment in the life of the relationship. It could have serious effects on each person in the relationship, and anyone connected to the relationship such as children and step-children. It is important for the couple to consider these factors as well as their values when making such a decision.
Leana Sykes is a Relationship Counselor and the owner of Leana Sykes Relationship Counseling & Mediation in Oaklyn, NJ.