Different couples have different reasons to open their relationship. For some, it is taken into consideration with the hope that it will rekindle the fire. While for others, it is a matter of practicality. Some are looking for varied sex, while some believe that they can have different kinds of love with different people. Whatever your reason may be, know that open relationships are no joke. If not done thoughtfully, consciously, and responsibly, they can damage, if not break, your relationship and your sense of self.
Before you and your partner enter an open arrangement, ask yourself and each other these questions:
Do you two share solid communication?
Honesty is the foundation of any relationship. But, when you decide to open your relationship, honesty becomes paramount. Are you two able to easily talk to each other? Do you have secrets, or topics that are taboo? Do you trust each other to be honest? Are you comfortable sharing anything, and everything? Because this will matter. If openness is important in a monogamous relationship, it is absolutely essential in an open one.