Recently, I read a very provocative column on marriage. The author, writing in the Dallas Morning News, said he realized he wasn’t cut out for marriage. He was married for 17 years, he wrote, and he still loved his wife. They have a college-aged child together. “She’s one of my very few great and true […]
Marriages used to last forever. At least that’s how it seems. My parents, for instance, will soon celebrate their 57th anniversary. Congratulations to them – that’s an amazing record of marital longevity. But decades-long marriages like theirs are becoming more rare. The Wall Street Journal, for instance, recently had an article that said the divorce […]
My wife and I have been married for 12 years and have two children – a 9-year-old boy and 7-year-old girl. We have a difficult, unhappy marriage. There’s no outward fighting or drama, but my wife and I rarely have meaningful talks or display affection. We’ve become essentially roommates. We would like to divorce but are worried about the impact on our young kids. So should we stay together for the kids’ benefit? Or should we consider our own (selfish?) desires and divorce? The Singlescoach answers.
Some research says yes. But a new federal government study says the link between cohabitation and divorce isn’t clear. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention gathered data on almost 25,000 men and women during a four-year period ending in 2010. Couples who lived together before marriage with their first spouse “had about the same […]
If you’re divorced like me, you have some painful memories of marriage. But do you have any regrets? What would you do differently in your marriage (or marriages) looking back? Do you regret the divorce itself? I thought of this question after reading an article by one of our columnists, divorce attorney Dennis A. Fuller, […]
Whose lie – yours or your spouse’s – crushes your dream of happily ever after? With the exception of abuse, I encourage you not to walk away from a relationship with someone that’s 95 percent of everything you could want – because it can, and sometimes does, get a whole lot worse. Don’t get me […]
You may think it’s hard to parent a child as a married couple. It’s even harder when you’re divorced. Differing views of child-rearing get mixed with your desire for control. You’d like to dictate how your ex-wife handles your son or daughter, but you can’t.
In Nina Atwood’s column, Ask Nina Atwood – the Singlescoach®, she answers reader questions about love, life and relationships. To submit a question, click here. I have a 14-year-old son, and he’s starting to ask why his mom and I divorced when he was an infant. How much information should I provide him? I’ve consistently told my son, […]
If you’re divorced, what did you do with your wedding ring? Is it tucked away in a drawer somewhere? Do you ever look at it? I had little hesitation about what to do with my wedding ring after my second marriage that went south: I promptly sold it.
How did you tell your ex you wanted a divorce? Or how did she tell you? Almost certainly, it wasn’t by email. Yet one divorce attorney says she knows of such a notification.