Category Archives: Relationships

Trial Separation vs. Legal Separation

A trial separation is an informal agreement between two spouses to live apart. There are no legal agreements, and lawyers or judges are not involved. By comparison, in a legal separation the spouses decide to live separately and write a … Continue reading

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May-December Marriages

According a recent study of 3,000 people by Andrew Francis and Hugo Mialon, professors in the Department of Economics at Emory University in Atlanta, the age gap between spouses could be “a considerable factor ” in the success of the … Continue reading

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Step-family Marriage is Stressful

In a national survey of couples creating stepfamilies researchers found that the top three anticipated stumbling blocks for couples related to children and stepfamily stress.  According to Ron L. Deal and David H. Olson, authors of The Remarriage Couple Checkup: … Continue reading

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Spotting the Cheater

A study out of Florida State University supports the notion that some people can detect infidelity at first glance, but others stay in relationships for years and don’t see what is hidden in plain sight. Strangers were able to identify … Continue reading

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For Love and For Money

A Bridgeport, Connecticut lawyer says, “I’ve seem more divorces over a major remodeling project going over budget than affairs.”  That’s not surprising because research has demonstrated that money battles are a leading cause of divorce. Money disputes were the best … Continue reading

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The Risks in Separation

Most trial separations eventually result in divorce, because very often one of the spouses has already begun the disconnection of emotional divorce. Trial separations should reveal what needs to change in the relationship to make it work again. Sometimes, a … Continue reading

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The Leaver and the Left

Lee Borden, an Alabama lawyer and commentator about family law and divorce, identifies what he calls the “three divorces” nesting within a marital breakup. They are the legal divorce, the social divorce and the emotional divorce. The legal divorce is … Continue reading

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In-Law Relations

Men close to their in-laws are 20 percent less likely to divorce than women who are close to their in-laws, who are actually 20 percent more likely, according to research conducted by Dr. Terri Orbuch, a psychologist and research professor … Continue reading

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Saving a Marriage

A man and woman who have walked down the aisle with all the high hopes, and made a promise to stay married “’til death do us part” find it hard to imagine divorce. If they can remember what made them … Continue reading

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Marital Happiness is Tough to Define, Says Harvard Psychologist

A Harvard instructor of clinical psychology says measuring marital happiness is “a bit like trying to count water.” It’s easy to overgeneralize marital happiness – defining a subjective experience by objective measures such as the volume of arguments and the … Continue reading

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