Yes, picking up this week's Star might seem a little bit like deja vu. The magazine is reporting that the reason Sean Penn and Robin Wright Penn spilt is none other than ... Natalie Portman!
Last November, My Name Is Earl's Jaime Pressly spilt from longtime boyfriend Eric Cubiche. The news shocked many, as just a year and a half earlier the two were the picture of bliss, welcoming son Dezi into the world and telling the press about how their relationship was reminiscent of Lucy and Ricky Ricardo's. But Pressly assures her fans that, while the split might have seemed surprising, it was anything but ugly. Unlike the post-baby partings of Madonna and Guy Ritchie (less than a year after David Banda's adoption was finalized) and Billy Crudup and Mary-Louise Parker (he left her for Claire Danes while she was 7-months along with their baby), she says her split from Cubiche was completely amicable. In an interview with April's Redbook magazine, she explains that: "We both still love each other, and the most important thing is our son…we want to make sure he's happy and taken care of."
The LoveFeed discusses the growing number of Long-Distance Relationships (LDR) in today's society. Did you know that telling your partner about the turkey sandwich you ate yesterday increases interrelatedness?
As the economy slows the cost of a divorce increases. Job loss. Mortgage defaults. Slowing housing market. They all factor in when going through a divorce. Is divorce becoming a luxury? With the high price tag on divorce, some couples have gone to the extreme. Many couples continue living together until they can afford a divorce. Some couples even reconcile because they simply cannot afford the cost of a divorce. One attorney recalls a client who moved into the computer server room in his office because he couldn't afford a new place. Many couples today are legally separating until they iron out their financial issues and settle debts.
It’s no secret that going through a divorce is a costly endeavor, but people often underestimate the danger that it could pose to your credit. The main problem, which many people are unaware of, is that lenders are not required to follow court decrees. These decrees assign the responsibility of paying off loans to one person, however, lenders may choose to ignore this decree and still expect you to make payments on your loan. Assuming that you are no longer responsible for a loan and the obligations that go along with it can lead to missed payments and overall damage to your credit.
If you are tired of your relationship and want to take a break, sit down with your partner and work out the rules. Clearly communicate the goal of the separation and the expectations. Can he have sex? Can you? Should you have sex with one another? Will you go out on dates? All of these are key questions that should be decided upon before you leave the relationship. The author outlines six simple rules for a separation and how do decide the limits in order to make your separation successful. Pick a clear starting and end date. Decide on clear boundaries. Communicate with one another. Figure out the finances. Should you have sex? Make your separation a clean break.
I'm taking a do-over on my marriage after a two-year break. My almost ex-husband and I are looking for a new place to live, and this time we're going in with a plan and clearly defined expectations for how our lives together should look. No way could we have done that 12 years ago or even two years ago when I left. For this marriage to have any chance of making it, it first had to come all the way undone. I met Sam in line for Grateful Dead tickets a few months after I started my first out-of-college reporting job. He was tall and tan and big across the shoulders with brown hair hanging down to his chest. Thirteen years later, we sat on our therapist's couch not touching. "You met me in line for Dead tickets, who did you think you were marrying?" he asked. Right then the answer was easy. I thought I was marrying someone who'd grow up with me as we grew older. And I thought I married someone who'd catch the irony of that comment, because he met me in line for tickets, too. And I was there first.