How to Know if A Woman is Checked Out of Her Marriage

Last updated: Nov 15, 2022

“Whether you’re checked in or checked out, you’re always on a spiritual journey.” Alanis Morissette

Women will often leave a marriage mentally years before they leave physically.

When I’m working with a new client, I ask them to tell me about when the marriage started to deteriorate. The women will say things like:

  • “Because I always felt criticized, I stopped telling him how I felt.”
  • “Because I didn’t want to start an argument, I stopped sharing my perspectives in order to keep the peace.”
  • “Because he didn’t seem interested in me, I started to confide in someone else.”

When a woman stops talking, sharing her heart, and sharing her feelings, she is actively checking out of the marriage, whether she’s conscious of it or not.

Women connect primarily through communication, so when a woman stops communicating, she’s beginning to check out mentally from the marriage.

And while that might seem easier for a while because she’s not requiring much from you…(after all, you don’t have to listen to her stories or the details of her day, she stops asking you about your feelings, and you probably aren’t even arguing…)

That’s because she’s checking out. 

  • She’s trying to convince herself that she can make this work…even without a loving partner by her side so she doesn’t hurt her family…
  • She’ll throw herself into her kids or into her work, helping her feel like she has some control over her experience…
  • She likely doesn’t feel emotionally safe, which is why she’s shutting down…

This checking out period can last for years while she tries to convince herself that things in her marriage will change. 

And when they don’t (because things never just magically change on their own), she begins to think about ending the marriage completely.

She might have even found love and understanding in the arms of someone else…

I’ve said it once and I’ll say it again….

Women will often leave a marriage mentally years before they leave physically.

If you have mentally checked out of your marriage, shutting down doesn’t make things better. It only creates a greater disconnection over time…

And we know how that story ends.

If you want a different ending to that story, then you have to figure it out now.

Not after the holidays…

Not when it’s convenient…

And you have plenty of time…


This is going to take a minute, so you’ve got to give it some space to see if the marriage can evolve to a new place, or if the only answer is to end it with as much peace and love as possible.

I’m here and ready to get to work if you are…




If You’re Struggling In Your Marriage…

I will help you find the clarity you need to re-commit to making your marriage work
or the strength and peace of mind to lovingly release it.