What does it really means to form a partnership and marriage with someone? To meet someone and eventually make the decision to share a life together. To be brave enough to embark on a journey that is ridiculously fraught with imperfections. To give over a piece of your heart and in turn accept another person's heart -- by choice.
Conversation, equality, negotiation and a willingness to create something new -- not because you can, but because you want to -- is something every straight couple could learn from same-sex couples.
What is an appropriate present for your 20th wedding anniversary? Over 19 years John and I had enjoyed dinners at our favorite sushi restaurant, weekends in Ojai, bonsai classes, the Cemetery of the Stars Tour. But facing year 20, I was stuck. Creatively challenged.
I have interviewed numerous couples that have been married for anywhere from 20 to 60 years, and they have all had one common denominator... it was easy.
My daughter came beside me and saw the note as I held it to my heart. My man leaves me notes. Not just on Valentine's Day, but almost every day, because he knows that is my true love language. He's not a man of many words, and yet he creates them for me because that's what love does...
I am proud to admit that my fears were in vain and we are still in that happy place. Don't get me wrong it's not all unicorns and rainbows but it's so much more than business. And thanks to The Walking Dead we still have a mutual obsession.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 27.4 percent of couples who cohabitate before marriage break up by the third year of living together. That might be something to think about if you already have an issue with your significant others' cleaning habits ... or lack thereof.
Note: The following story must be read aloud in your most sultry, sexy voice.
When couples marry for the first time -- increasingly in their thirties -- they aren't saying "'til death do us part" any more, but making up their own conditional standard of commitment, like, "as long as we love."
It's difficult for me to remember why I married him that day. It was partly a logical decision. As I said, we couldn't remain in the friend zone without one of us getting hurt, but I didn't want to lose him forever, so marriage appeared to be the correct step forward.
No matter who you are or what your relationship status, Valentine's Day can be too much. We can all use a GPS to guide us through the wintery mix of r...
Sen. Cruz's "State Marriage Defense Act" is unlikely to become law anytime soon. Yet it is a good example of the kind of chaotic reaction the U.S. Supreme Court eventually could unleash if it upheld anti-gay state marriage laws in the case it will hear later this term. Justice Kennedy and Chief Justice Roberts, are you listening?
Valentine's Day takes on a special meaning at the Supreme Court this year. The first case on the docket delves straight into the matter of love and rights. Specifically, the Court is asked whether a U.S. citizen can be denied the ability to live here with her spouse without the government providing a reason.
Despite that, there are some major shifts afoot in the way we love, partner, become parents and indulge our sexual passions. Given that, here's what I predict, based on current trends and research, love and marriage will look like in the years ahead.
While every situation is different, here are some ways you can help ensure you and your ex-spouse have a good divorce that benefits all parties involved, especially your children.
I should have admitted right then that I couldn't cook. But he married me anyway, and it took me nearly 20 years of marriage -- during which I have melted through pots (even a Le Creuset, once), forgotten to put flour in cake recipes and even set toasters on fire -- before I finally gave up.