Category Archives: Marriage

Does living together lead to higher divorce rates?

In Newsweek, journalist Mike Kemp writes about some new studies of unmarried couples living together. Traditionally, living together before marriage was thought to make divorce more likely. Moving in together before marriage used to be associated with a higher risk … Continue reading

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Money Is More than Dollars – Emotions and Finance in Relationships

When relationships fail, about 70% of those who decide to split do so because of money issues. We intellectualize money and talk about it in terms of making sound financial decisions. The recognition of the emotions connected to money is … Continue reading

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Marriage compatibility is all in your head

George Pransky is a prominent psychologist known for his theories on relationships. Among his many writings, he is the author of The Relationship Handbook, an extremely interesting guide to relationships, marriage, and divorce which includes the following excerpt: We have … Continue reading

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Michele Weiner-Davis on Regrets After Divorce

Michele Weiner-Davis is a well-known author and therapist who specializes in marriage relationships. She’s published the first chapter from her fascinating book Divorce Busting from which we get this quote about her changed perspective to divorce. Over the past several … Continue reading

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Marital Mediation in Texas

Our guest post today is by Michael Hiller, a Houston attorney and mediator, who writes about some unique aspects of marital mediation in Texas. Marital Mediation is a relatively new way to help couples stay married. It is not designed … Continue reading

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Communication between couples in marriage

Today there’s an essay by James Sheridan in the News Sentinal about how important body language is for communication between spouses.  It’s very difficult to intentionally modify subconcious traits like body language, but it can make a huge difference in … Continue reading

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Helping save a marriage through Mediation to Stay Married

This is an edited excerpt by Vicki Shemin in the MCFM quarterly. It is the true story of a couple that considered divorce, but decided to stay together after drafting a postmarital agreement regarding the parenting of their young son. … Continue reading

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The 3 most common mistakes that couples make

Dr. Bonnie Jacobson is the author of the book Choose to be Happily Married. She talks about the three common mistakes that couples make, among other topics, in a recent interview in The Bulletin. The three most common mistakes couples … Continue reading

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Making decisions about divorce

Most people would probably agree that many couples are too quick to divorce. Have they examined their marriage and determined that it’s not worth keeping, or are they simply taking the easy way out? It’s not an easy decision, and … Continue reading

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Marriage and sleeping arrangements

A report from the Sleep Foundation raises the question: What is a normal amount of time to spend with your spouse? Researchers say married couples are spending less and less time together. The National Sleep Foundation reports in 2005, one … Continue reading

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How to Succeed in Marriage

As a divorce lawyer and mediator, my job is to sort through the wreckage of a marriage to help clients find a post-marriage equilibrium of safety, fairness, and a modicum of peace. I read the signs of the breakdown like … Continue reading

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Practical advice for your marriage from a divorce attorney

As a practicing divorce attorney and divorce mediator, I’ve met a number of couples that, if they had been given some good advice (and had remembered that advice) a few years or even months earlier, they would not be divorcing. … Continue reading

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