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As a society, we tend to look at breakups and divorce as a failure. But a relationship ending doesn't mean it wasn't successful in some way. Sometimes a fling is ideal for both parties, sometimes a long marriage ending is the only chance for a new beginning, and every relationship teaches you something you didn't know before.
James J. Sexton is a divorce lawyer and the author of If You're in My Office, It's Already Too Late, a guide in which he dispenses the relationship wisdom he's gained from listening to more than 1000 divorcing clients.
His advice for parents who are married is unconventional, but it might just help you preserve your union and your sanity.
James J. Sexton is a divorce lawyer who has spent his career working with couples whose marriages are dissolving. He's learned a lot throughout the years about what sours a good marriage (or ends a relationship that's already in trouble), and now he's using that knowledge to help the rest of us. His new book is If You're In My Office It's Already Too Late: A Divorce Lawyer's Guide to Staying Together.
Getting married is one of the biggest life decisions you'll ever make - especially if you're determined to stick it out through thick and thin. According to relationship psychologist and author Eli Finkel, it's important to assess long-term compatibility before tying the knot. These are the questions you should be asking.
Statistician Nathan Yau recently examined data from the US Census Bureau's 5-Year American Community Survey from 2015 and calculated which professions have the highest and lowest divorce rates. Want a stable marriage? Marry an actuary, a field that has a 17 per cent divorce rate. Gaming managers and bartenders have a less-terrific marital track record, however, at almost 53 per cent and 52 per cent, respectively.
As complex as dating can be (um, very), when you add children to the equation, the confusion, emotions and potential heartache increase about a hundredfold. If your boyfriend or girlfriend has a kid, you're not only navigating a new romance, you're also trying to figure out where you fit in the hierarchy of people vying for his or her attention, and how to establish a bond without overstepping your bounds.
The concept of a 'dream wedding' usually involves exotic locales, sumptuous foods, classic cars, professional photography and an overpriced designer wedding dress. Some couples throw in doves and ponies too.
According to research from Emory University in Atlanta, you'd be much better off throwing a backyard shindig instead. They found that the more you spend on your wedding, the more likely you are to get divorced. No, really.
So you've won the Powerball. You and your spouse are overjoyed. Unfortunately, money can't save your marriage and you decide to separate a few years later. Perhaps it ends bitterly. So what happens to all the money that you've won? You bought the winning lottery ticket, so can you keep all of the remaining money? Let's find out.