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How to Break Off a Casual Relationship

by Candice Coleman

Maybe after weeks, months or even a few dates, your casual relationship has lost its spark. While you may know the etiquette of breaking off a serious relationship, ending a casual one can represent a murky area for many women. There are several ways to end your relationship on a good note.

1. Name Your Plans

Maybe you were only looking for something casual from the beginning, but you find that your partner's plans remain hidden. Engaging your partner in a conversation about his goals and intentions, along with how he sees your current relationship, may give you the opening to break it off, according to Match.com. You may learn that each of you is having fun but wants nothing further or no longer wants to continue dating. Hold the conversation in a public place -- you can keep the breakup brief and leave quickly if necessary.

2. Silence Is Golden

The phone keeps ringing, but you never answer it. If the casual relationship is ending after a few dates or weeks, slowly breaking off contact may be the way to go, according to Match.com. No longer answering contact attempts, or keeping your contact brief and to-the-point, can send the message that you are no longer interested in going forward. If your partner has the same feelings, it may be a relief. After one un-returned phone call or email, he may no longer bother contacting you.

3. Ending It

There is no rule that you have to end a casual relationship differently from any other. If you do intend to have a breakup conversation, never do it by email or text, suggests eHarmony in "The Breakup Etiquette Guide." You can be honest about why you want to go your own way, but avoid being cruel about it. Name-calling and assigning blame for the breakup have no place in this conversation. In a casual relationship, you are under no obligation to go in-depth about why the relationship is ending. You can keep it brief by saying you do not want a relationship right now, according to Hara Estroff Marano, editor at large for "Psychology Today."

4. After the Breakup

Though the casual relationship may be over, your words can still travel long distances. If you share mutual friends or know anyone who knows your ex, you should avoid speaking negatively about your former partner, according to the website TeensHealth. It is also best not to respond if you learn that your former partner is speaking negatively about you -- that fire cannot burn if you deprive it of oxygen.

About the Author

Candice Coleman worked in the public school system as a middle school and high school substitute teacher. In addition to teaching, she is also a tutor for high school and college students.

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