The Six Quickest Ways to Ruin a Marriage

July 20, 2012
Is your marriage headed down the aisle of divorce? Denise says she and her husband of two years, Rick, are physically abusive, constantly argue, rarely have sex and are in so much debt, they're struggling to pay the bills and keep food on the table for their five children. Rick says Denise enables her mother, Sandy, to instigate their arguments. Can this marriage be saved? And, learn the six quickest ways Dr. Phil says couples ruin their marriages. Could your relationship be at risk?

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"I Do Fear Him"
Denise says she has to walk on eggshells around Rick and can’t use the word controlling without setting him off. Rick says Denise is just as much to blame for their marriage's meltdown. Denise's mom, Sandy, says Rick is abusive.

Why does Denise want to save her marriage?

Money Troubles
Denise claims Rick is deceitful, and she had no idea they were more than $100,000 in debt. She says Rick is weeks away from facing a grand jury and may be facing prison time for money-related charges.

"Since I took on her and her son, it’s been a constant struggle.”

Children and In-Laws
Rick says Sandy should butt out of their marriage. Hear why Sandy says she refuses to stop intervening. Is she a meddling mom, or justified in worrying about her daughter's safety? And, Dr. Phil has an important message for Denise and Rick, who are failing to be a united parenting front.

"You’re fighting in front of the children; that changes who they are.”

Inadequate Intimacy
Rick says that Denise treats him more like a roommate than husband. Denise says Rick communicates with her via text — even when they're sitting on the same couch!

“No woman wants to go jump in bed with Daddy.”