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Celebrate Your Divorce, Beverly Hills-Style!

Greg Schwem | Posted 01.13.2015 | Comedy
Greg Schwem

Annette Marie Westwood's unconventional healing methods have attracted the attention of reality television programmers including the Oxygen Network. While she listens to offers, she continues working with her, so far, all female clientele and searching for upscale LA venues that might want to host sendoffs for cheaters.

Why My Husband And I Would Never Choose To Live Together

High50 | Posted 01.13.2015 | Fifty

Would your marriage be stronger if you and your partner lived apart? When David proposed to Claire after 12 years together, Claire had one question. Would he want to move in? Luckily the answer was no and the now-married couple continue to live happily, apart.

The Problem With Covenant Marriages and Fault-Based Divorce

Mark Baer | Posted 01.06.2015 | Divorce
Mark Baer

On October 30, 2014, I was contacted by a reporter, who asked if I could explain the Arkansas "covenant marriage" law to them. Among other things, if...

Force Majeure: Lessons From a Troubled Marriage

Tara Fass | Posted 12.29.2014 | Divorce
Tara Fass

From the outside looking in, this family has it all: youth, looks, athleticism, personality, money, health and strangely, a sexless marriage. This couple clearly needs to make more time for each other, but they don't. The strain created by them turning away from each other is palpable.

6 Things Your Couples Therapist Already Knows About Your Relationship

Abby Rodman, LICSW | Posted 12.26.2014 | Divorce
Abby Rodman, LICSW

It's said you can't kid a kidder. But you'd also have to reach a pretty high bar to fool a couples counselor. We've pretty much seen it all. Fortunately for us, we don't have to reinvent the therapy wheel every time we meet a new couple.

How Your Parents Set You up to Get Divorced

Laura Doyle | Posted 10.21.2014 | Divorce
Laura Doyle

There are more effective, modern advances in revitalizing relationships that weren't available to our parents, who only had All in the Family to study from. Here are some that mom never told you about.

Man Tells Wife He Was Joking When He Proposed 20 Years Ago

OWN | Posted 06.06.2014 | OWN

David is a husband, father and former pastor who has been married to his high school sweetheart, Jennifer, for 20 years. Together, they have two sons ...

13 Signs You May Need Marriage Counseling

Posted 06.02.2014 | Divorce

By Debra Smouse for We believe we're getting the fairytale when we get married. You know -- meet "the one," have a whirlwind courtsh...

4 Unexpected Signs You Need Couples Counseling

Posted 03.12.2015 | OWN

What's normal in a relationship and what's a surprising signal that it's time to call in the professionals? By Ashley Nelson @media only...

A Case for Pre-Marital Counseling

Elisabeth Joy LaMotte, LICSW | Posted 06.22.2014 | Weddings
Elisabeth Joy LaMotte, LICSW

I recently had an interesting discussion with a panel of colleagues about the value of couples therapy. The question was this: "Can all couples, even those who are happily married, benefit from working with a skilled couples therapist?"

Here's What An Equal, Mature Partnership Consists Of

Deborah Hecker, Ph.D. | Posted 05.18.2014 | Divorce
Deborah Hecker, Ph.D.

We are told that great relationships are based on realistic expectations, communication know-how, and gender-fluidity when it comes to who manages the household , and who earns the money. But... is there more to it?

8 Ways to Grow Love

Doug and Leslie Gustafson | Posted 05.04.2014 | Weddings
Doug and Leslie Gustafson

Your capacity for love defines you as a human being, fills up your soul with passion and teaches you about your hang ups, limitations, calling in life and the joy you have to offer others. Where does this power called love come from?

Act Like a Couple, Think Like a Person: 5 Fight-Less, Love-More Strategies to Superglue Your Relationship

Maria Rodale | Posted 05.04.2014 | Healthy Living
Maria Rodale

by guest blogger Laurie Puhn, lawyer, couples mediator, and author Sometimes, the best advice given to people in a relationship is common sense, un...

To My Wife at Valentine's Day

Doug and Leslie Gustafson | Posted 04.11.2014 | Weddings
Doug and Leslie Gustafson

I'm faced again with whether I'm sick, whether I'll live longer and all that good stuff. But mostly, I'm worried about those I love and what I hope and pray I'll leave my wife in terms of memories. And how she'll move on.

Study Says Watching Rom-Coms Could Save Your Relationship

Posted 01.31.2014 | Divorce

Pop some popcorn, grab some blankets and put in the latest Keira Knightley movie -- a new study found that newlywed couples who watched romantic films...

How I Lost My Wife to An iPad -- And How I Plan to Get Her Back

Doug and Leslie Gustafson | Posted 03.15.2014 | Weddings
Doug and Leslie Gustafson

One day I've surprised my wife with a somewhat luxurious present, and the next day she's practically sleeping with the little man.

'Marriage Counseling Made My Relationship Worse'

Posted 01.23.2014 | Divorce

Does anyone have a good experience with marriage counseling? I hope so. In my experience, marriage counseling actually made things worse.

What Kids Want for New Year's

Beverly Willett | Posted 03.09.2014 | Divorce
Beverly Willett

I'd bet the house (if I still had one) that no kid sitting on Santa's knee this past Christmas wished for mommy and daddy to split up and live in sepa...

Thinking About Getting Marriage Counseling?

Linda Bloom LCSW and Charlie Bloom MSW | Posted 03.07.2014 | Healthy Living
Linda Bloom LCSW and Charlie Bloom MSW

Five things to consider before getting professional help. "Marriage is a pit full of pitfalls devised by a devious deity for our conscious evolution"...

Divorce Confidential: When Divorce Is a Bad Idea

Caroline Choi | Posted 02.17.2014 | Divorce
Caroline Choi

Divorce is a long, emotional process and the decision to divorce shouldn't be taken lightly or made impulsively. It is important to note that there is always time to change your mind, even if the divorce train is well on its way.

Why a Healthy Marriage Can Give You Wings to Fly

Sheryl Paul | Posted 02.09.2014 | Weddings
Sheryl Paul

It's the support of a loving partner that allows newly married women to launch into areas of their career and interests that they would not have felt confident enough to explore otherwise.

WATCH: Wife Makes Shocking Accusation Against Husband

OWN | Posted 12.10.2013 | OWN

Spiritual life coach Iyanla Vanzant traveled to the suburbs of Detroit to meet with Don and Felisha, a couple whose marriage is riddled with anger, gu...

Marriage... or a Life? Can You Have Both?

Doug and Leslie Gustafson | Posted 01.23.2014 | Weddings
Doug and Leslie Gustafson

Although marriage creates a wonderful union of soul and heart, it challenges us to keep and sustain our individuality in the face of a gravitational pull that draws us toward oneness and unity.

10 Reasons Women Stay In Bad Marriages

GalTime | Posted 01.23.2014 | Divorce

Irrational fears and negative future fantasies can distort a woman's perceptions keeping her stuck in an unhealthy marriage. Using rationalization and denial, women convince themselves that their situation isn't really "that bad" and end up staying too long.

The Secret To Divorce-Proofing Your Marriage

Terry Gaspard, MSW, LICSW | Posted 11.30.2013 | Divorce
Terry Gaspard, MSW, LICSW

Shame and fear are two of the main reasons why couples get entrenched in power struggles. It may be the lack of emotional attunement that comes from not showing vulnerability that can lead many couples down the path to divorce.