The 5 Most Common Relationship Problems and How to Solve Them

Almost every couple will navigate at least one of these — the question is will it make or break you?

Wendy Miller
7 min readFeb 15, 2022


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When you’re in a relationship, it can be really tough to tell when things are going well and when they’re not — especially if you’re not good at communicating or you’re not experienced with relationships yet. It’s important to remember that every relationship is different and what works for one couple might not work for another. However, there are some common problems that many couples face.

This article will help you identify the five most common relationship problems and give you some advice on how to solve them.

What is a relationship problem?

A relationship problem is an issue that negatively affects the quality of your relationship. There are many factors that affect a relationship, so there are many different types of problems too. Some common problems are communication issues, lack of intimacy, unhealthy habits, and unrealistic expectations.

What makes it a problem is that it negatively affects your relationship. While one couple may be fine having sex just a couple of times a year, that can be a problem for another couple. This is also what makes identifying problems so difficult sometimes. What was fine in one of your previous relationships may be a problem in your current one, whether it’s because your current partner feels it’s negatively affecting the relationship or because you do.

Despite the difficulty in identifying problems, and knowing that problems are different for all couples, there are a handful that are common. These are the problems that most couples will find themselves dealing with at one time or another — whether just one of these problems or all of them.

The five most common relationship problems

The five most common relationship problems are:

1) Not being able to communicate effectively with your partner.

2) Money problems.

3) Family issues.



Wendy Miller