Marriage

I’m Not Waiting for a Marriage Proposal

I’m Not Waiting for a Marriage Proposal

What is it about women’s lives that seems so delicious and up for public consumption? Why does almost everyone I know think they have a free pass to ask me invasive questions about my relationship? Am I wearing…

9 Myths About Marriage and Money

9 Myths About Marriage and Money

Given that financial disagreements are the No. 1 predictor of divorce, it’s no wonder some people keep money conversations completely separate from their romantic relationships, trying to avoid the conflict altogether.
But it’s important to remember that “marriage…

How Tying the Knot Affects Your Student Loans

How Tying the Knot Affects Your Student Loans

If you’re thinking about getting married, but worried about the implications of bringing big student loan debt into a relationship, 2016 brings some good news.

Tying the knot won't disqualify you from enrolling in the government…

Are You Ready for Marriage?

Are You Ready for Marriage?

I once knew a girl in college who started a binder of fantasy wedding clippings when she was 8 years old. This perplexed me.

I grew up in a household with happily married parents who never pushed romantic ideals upon…

The Problem With Buying a House Before Marriage

The Problem With Buying a House Before Marriage

According to the Washington Post, this year, marriage rates per capita have declined about 35 percent since the 1980s. But even though the tradition of marriage is no longer a foregone conclusion for many, it turns out home ownership is…

How My Secret Work Romance Blossomed Into Marriage

How My Secret Work Romance Blossomed Into Marriage

David and I were “Watergate babies.” When Republican operatives broke into the Democratic National Committee headquarters at the Watergate Hotel, we were just kids. But we both grew up in houses where the evening news blared the stories…

Does Facebook Break Up Marriages?

Does Facebook Break Up Marriages?

Facebook users, beware. You may be one “like” away from divorce court. A growing body of research links increased use of Facebook to marital discord. The latest of these studies, published in the July 2014 issue of the…

Is Marriage for All of Us? Maybe Not Me

Is Marriage for All of Us? Maybe Not Me

I’ve been separated from my husband for almost two years. Luckily, we have a friendship and talk/text constantly about our kids, their schools, and our community. While divorce and separation can bring about enormous stress and anxiety, especially…

Separate Money =  Sane Marriage

Separate Money = Sane Marriage

I’m told that sharing a checking account with one’s spouse is practical. I’ll never know—I can’t do it.

All relationships have landmines; mine involve money. When I was 13, my father—whom I adored—had…

Best Moves Before a Marriage Crisis

Best Moves Before a Marriage Crisis

One overlooked item in the Schwarzenegger scandal is how easily his wife, Maria Shriver, was able to cut ties and move out.

Wealth and family connections can do that for a gal. But what about the rest of us?

What…