I've been living with my common-law spouse for the past 6 years. At first, our relationship was ok. Over the years, things have really died to the point where we barely speak with one another. I came very close to ending my relationship recently. But I had to admit to myself that I did not give this relationship my all. I made a lot of mistakes and so did he. But I believe I can admit my mistakes, not sure I can say the same for him. For some reason, I still think we have a chance, that we can be close again. I know that I need this emotional closeness, I need to be able to share my feelings with him without being judged or criticized. I cannot imagine living the rest of my life the way we are living now, too much emotional tension. I'm willing to be patient, do whatever it takes to save my relationship.