After 17 years of love, partnership and parenting, George Lopez, host of Lopez Tonight, and his wife Ann Lopez have announced they will end their marriage.  The couple wed in 1993, and have one daughter, Mayan Lopez.  Earlier this year, rumors circulated about Lopez cheating on his wife, but a Lopez rep told People the decision to separate was amicable and mutual.  “They remain dedicated parents, and committed partners in business and their philanthropic organization, The Lopez Foundation,” the rep said.

How do you know when your marriage is over?

Cupid’s Advice:

Though most people vow to remain together “till death do us part,” it may not always work out that way.  Knowing when to divorce may save both people a lot of heartbreak and suffering.  Cupid has some tips on when to walk away:

1. Harboring anger: Disagreement and conflict is part of any relationship, but when deep seated feelings of anger or hatred cannot be resolved, they can threaten to destroy not only the marriage, but also both people involved.  If counseling or therapy doesn’t work, distance may be the only healthy option.

2. Loss of respect: Even if the relationship seems healthy from the outside, if one or both partners lose respect for each other, the relationship is bound to fail.  A marriage is a union of equals based on love and respect, and if one of those cornerstones is missing, there cannot be equality in the relationship.

3. Growing apart: It is often inevitable that people will change, but sometimes, that change is too great for a relationship to withstand.  If you or your partner is not the same person that said “I do,” and it has put a strain on the relationship, have discussions about what has changed and see if compromises can be made before calling your lawyer.