What are the effects of lack of sex in marriage?
According to Jill Blakeway, a certified acupuncturist, in the absence of sex, you and your partner becomes “glorified roommates”.
There are 40 million adults in sexless marriage.
Why do married couples stop having sex?
- Exhaustion. After a hard day at work, many people prefer having their time to themselves or going to bed early. Blakeway suggests that instead of having sex at night, sex can take place in the morning or on Saturdays.
- Stress. Stress can have an impact on sex life. It takes away focus. Stress makes us “clench up like pressure cookers”.
- Body image. The world is filled with unrealistic images of body through photoshop or plastic surgery. It is easy for one to feel bad.
See: Real Simple, “3 Big Reasons You Don’t Want to Have Sex”, TIME, 14 March 2017
Sex, or the lack of sex, is a common reason behind separation/ annulment/ divorce in Singapore.
Effects of lack of sex in marriage 1 –Annulment
One party’s wilful refusal to consummate the marriage, or incapacity to consummate it due to physical or psychological reasons, can lead to the other party filing for an annulment.
If your marriage is annulled, it is deemed to be void from the start. You become single again, not just divorced. What is more, you do not need to fulfil at least 3 years of marriage to get an annulment.
Effects of lack of sex in marriage 2 –Divorce
If your spouse refuses intimacy with you, that could mean unreasonable behaviour on his/ her part. You can use the lack of sex in marriage to file for a divorce in Singapore.
Effects of lack of sex in marriage 3 –Separation
If you do not wish to get a divorce/ annulment, the lack of sex in marriage (coupled with you living in a separate bedroom and not living like a married couple with your spouse) can mean that you are separated. After 3 years, you may get a divorce in Singapore based on the reason of separation (if your spouse consents to the divorce). Otherwise, you may get a divorce in Singapore unilaterally based on the reason of separation after 4 years even if your spouse does not consent to the divorce.
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