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Marital Status

The Other Marriage Discrimination

Nancy Leong | Posted 10.30.2014 | Politics
Nancy Leong

The move toward equality for everyone who wishes to marry is cause for celebration. It also provides an opportunity to reflect on marital status more generally, and to look for ways to equalize those who wish to marry and those who don't.

Tired of Being Asked Nosy Questions? _____ Yes _____ No (Why Marital Status Question Doesn't Belong on Forms)

Christina Pesoli | Posted 08.13.2014 | Divorce
Christina Pesoli

Seriously, does the desk clerk at the gym really need to know that its newest member is separated from her husband? And does the massage therapist who's working out the tension in MeeMaw's shoulders really need to know that Pawpaw passed away?

New Study Says Divorce May Be Affecting Your Child's Waistline

The Huffington Post | Taryn Hillin | Posted 06.05.2014 | Divorce

Children of divorce tend to be more overweight than children whose parents never split, according to a new study. Researchers from the Norwegian I...

'Ex' Does NOT Mark The Spot

Carole Brody Fleet | Posted 11.24.2012 | Fifty
Carole Brody Fleet

At exactly what point in time did a late spouse become an "EX"?

Why I Refuse To Give My Marital Status

Mandy Walker | Posted 05.27.2012 | Divorce
Mandy Walker

Since my divorce, the question on so many surveys and registration forms -- most often from medical providers -- about marital status has puzzled me. I could check that I'm divorced, but I'm more likely to check that I'm single, which is how I see myself.

Is It Hard to Be Single in Your 40s?

Christina Vuleta | Posted 08.14.2011 | Women
Christina Vuleta

Having been single and not single in my 40s, I know that each side comes with its own unique hardships and pleasures. It's life that's "complicated", not being married or single.

Considering Divorce? Surprise--So Are Your Friends

Elisabeth Joy LaMotte, LICSW | Posted 08.02.2011 | Divorce
Elisabeth Joy LaMotte, LICSW

For most, deciding to separate is no easy feat, especially if children are involved. The process of making this tremendous decision is usually predic...

Taking on Singlism: 28 Writers Help Me Display and Slay the Beast

Bella DePaulo | Posted 07.19.2011 | Books
Bella DePaulo

"DePaulo says that 'singlism' -- a term she coined and for which we are prepared to forgive her -- is not just aimed at unmarried women." -Gail Collin...

Divorce Is Not A Failure

Fred Silberberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Divorce
Fred Silberberg

How many times have you heard someone tell you that they had "a failed marriage"? In colloquial terms, people often describe the fact that they have ...

10 Things To Do If She's About To Divorce You

John Shore | Posted 05.25.2011 | Divorce
John Shore

If you've committed an offense against your wife so egregious that she's now more likely than not to divorce you, do these things: John also blogs at ...

Let's Have Marriage Drills

Ilana Kukoff | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Ilana Kukoff

The marriage drill would replace ingrained, negative instincts with practiced behavior that, through repetition and simulation, would become rote.

Was the Single Woman Neglected by Second-Wave Feminism?

Bella DePaulo | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Bella DePaulo

An important focus of first-wave feminism was political independence; in the second wave, economic independence was among the significant goals. Now, argues Moran, it is time to set our sights on emotional independence.

Know Your 1,138 Marital Privileges, Courtesy of the Feds

Bella DePaulo | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Bella DePaulo

The report also makes it clear that some of the 1,000+ laws identified "may not directly create benefits, rights, or privileges" for married people.

Is Marriage Good for Your Health, NY Times Asks

Bella DePaulo | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Bella DePaulo

Coming this Sunday to the New York Times Magazine (already available online here) is an article by Tara Parker-Pope titled, "Is marriage good for your...

The Truth about Taxes: Uncoupled Singles Always Pay a Penalty

Bella DePaulo | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Bella DePaulo

Of course, that's not what we hear in the public conversation. But it's official: It's not a marriage penalty, it's a singles penalty.

Don't Visit the Sins of Coulter on the Other 26 Million Ever-Single American Women

Bella DePaulo | Posted 05.25.2011 | College
Bella DePaulo

Here at the Huffington Post, Michael Rowe posted a lengthy and passionate excoriation of a certain tall, blond Republican woman. I share most of his s...

Harvard Press Was Right to Reject "The Case for Marriage"

Bella DePaulo | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Bella DePaulo

I have news for Stanley Kurtz: The Case for Marriage was second rate and not worth publishing.

Health Care Coverage For Spouses: Benefit Or Bias?

Mary Curlew | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Mary Curlew

Is it a violation of marital status discrimination laws to offer certain employee incentives to one group based on familial status while offering no comparable program to the excluded party?

Facebook, Relationship Statuses, and the Demise of Feminism

Dr. Logan Levkoff | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Dr. Logan Levkoff

Why isn't it enough to define our relationship with our partner? Why must we formally legitimize our relationships for the greater public? Is it really anyone's business?

John McCain as a Hood Ornament

Bella DePaulo | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Bella DePaulo

The New York Times has William Kristol on its opinion page, and the Wall Street Journal now has Thomas Frank. What Kristol writes could be called scho...

True or False: Married People Healthiest, but Singles Catching Up

Bella DePaulo | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Bella DePaulo

Even allowing for the approach that makes marriage look better than it really is, the differences in health between the currently-married and the always-single are tiny.