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Most dating singles are skeptical about marriage going the distance, because America has the highest divorce rates in the world. Over half of first marriages end in divorce, with even higher divorce rates for second through forth marriages. Clearly, the love that draws couples together in marriage can't keep half of married couples together through challenging times. How do couples beat the odds and bulletproof a marriage? Understand the true answer to this love test: Is love real or a delusion?
The institution of marriage has long been idealized in the United States, especially when compared to other developed nations in the world. Here, getting married for the first time is a huge milestone in most people’s lives. Little girls dream about it. Mothers and fathers insist on it. The gay community lobbies for it. It is the norm within our society.
As an author, I’m forced to consider beginnings all of the time. How do I start a new blog? How do I begin an article for a website? How should I start the next chapter in my book? The beginning of anything is so important. The start of something means you have initiated. You have taken the opportunity to cause the process of doing something. You are introducing something new. The fact you are introducing something means there is some level of consideration in what you are doing.
I was 14 years old, and to be honest, back then I was more concerned with my grades at school and the newest Justin Timberlake CD than boys. He was in the same class as me and a typical awkward teen boy: shy, had braces, but cute in that dorky sort of way. Growing up in the same neighborhood, Alex and I used to walk the same route home from school every day. After he sheepishly asked me out one day, I reluctantly said okay.
First, Sofia Vergara got engaged! Now, the set of 'Modern Family' might as well be a chapel with another couple who's ready to walk down the aisle.
Like many, I grew up with Jennifer Aniston as my "friend" on TV. Like all of us, she has had a run of relationships. Some were good, some were bad, some were almost Mr. Right, and some were just Mr. Right Now. So, what makes Justin Theroux "the one?"
But, if you are not thinking "I cannot imagine not being with this man" you know, but are afraid to admit, that you are not ready to get engaged.
Just because you're not sharing all your money yet does not mean you shouldn't be talking about it. A strong money relationship needs to start before you are married. Here are the six talking points to guarantee a smooth money transition into marriage.
Despite all the opposition Miley and Liam are getting from the press, this engagement is a great call. Yes, it's true that they are very young. Yes, they are celebrities, and yes, the odds are seriously against this union. This is especially true if we were to listen to public opinion, a bevy of relationship experts, over-protective parents or the ridiculously inaccurate divorce rate statistics.
Premarital Counseling gets a bad rap. The popular belief that there is something wrong with your relationship if you need counseling just isn't true. Most premarital clients are very happy and not having doubts about their wedding. They simply seek skills to prepare for predictable challenges of marriage. Yes, marriage is challenging, but most of the challenges are easy to overcome.
You may remember my gripes back in November about not having a set wedding date. My fiancé and I were waiting because of money, stability and priorities. We were (and still are) very young and back then, we were temporarily living in New York, unsure if we were planning to stay. Well, things have changed since then.