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Headed for Divorce This Year?

These alternatives to divorce might just save your marriage.

4 Clear Signs It Is Time to Let Go of Your Relationship

By Jennice Vilhauer Ph.D. on December 31, 2017 in Living Forward
People invest so much in their relationships that it can be hard to know when to stop trying and just let it go. Here are 4 signs that indicate it's time to move on.

An Ingenious Way to Predict If Your Partner Will Cheat

Predicting who will cheat and who will be faithful in a romantic relationship can be tricky, but new research on parental infidelity suggests a surprisingly useful strategy.

Amy Sue Nathan: Learning to Love Being Alone

By Jennifer Haupt on November 23, 2017 in One True Thing
I had tackled the layers of divorce, both legal and personal... But I had never spent so much as a weekend alone in ten years, until the kids went to visit their dad.

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By Sam Louie MA, LMHC on January 16, 2018 in Minority Report
Do you find your partner's emojis to others too flirty or just too much with someone else? If so, your romantic relationship could be victim to "micro-cheating".

How to Make a Relationship Last Forever

By Kelly Campbell Ph.D. on January 12, 2018 in More Than Chemistry
With the rate of divorce hovering around 50 percent, people often ask how they can make a relationship last forever? These are my top three tips.

Alleviate Divorce Pain By Avoiding These 7 Common Mistakes

By Michael F. Kay on January 11, 2018 in Financial Life Focus
Divorce can leave scars on families that get passed from generation to generation.

The Big Split

By Sarah C. Newcomb Ph.D. on January 08, 2018 in Loaded
Here’s what you need to know about the psychology of money when it comes to splitting up.

Let's Wait Until After the Holidays

By Michele Weiner-Davis MSW on January 06, 2018 in Divorce Busting
Rather than ruin the holidays for everyone, did you put off divorce until after New Year's? Before calling your attorney, read about a holiday gift that keeps on giving.

Top Ten Tips for Surviving Breakups

By Barton Goldsmith Ph.D. on January 04, 2018 in Emotional Fitness
Sometimes, no matter how hard you try certain connections are just not meant to be. Breaking up is hard to do, but it's healthier than an emotionally vacant relationship.

Humorous Communication and Coping In Relationships

By Sean M. Horan Ph.D. on January 03, 2018 in Adventures in Dating
A person's Humor Orientation describes his/her tendency to use humor. This entry describes some ways that this orientation might be productive when facing difficult events.

Why Can't You Leave Your Partner for Someone Better?

By Grant Hilary Brenner M.D. on December 30, 2017 in ExperiMentations
Stick with what is familiar, or take a risk on someone new? Research on status quo bias sheds light on how we make relationship choices.

The Borderline Dad

By Mark Banschick M.D. on December 28, 2017 in The Intelligent Divorce
Borderline fathers can act out in destructive ways. And divorce can make it worse.
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Forget to Buy Your Spouse a Gift?

In the doghouse because you forgot to buy your spouse a Christmas gift? Well, here is your "get out of jail free" solution.

Estrangement Distress: The Unwelcome Holiday Present

By Shawn M. Burn Ph.D. on December 24, 2017 in Presence of Mind
The holidays bring heartache to parents estranged from their adult children. New research sheds light on the factors leading to estrangement and what we can do to cope.

The Kindest Gift Is Acceptance

By Mica B. Estrada, Ph.D. on December 24, 2017 in Lead with Kindness
How are our expectations reducing our ease in life? Sometimes the kindest gift we can give to ourselves and others is acceptance.

Good Santa, Bad Dad

Ever wonder about the fatherhood aspects of The Santa Clause?

New Year's Relationship Evaluation

By Barton Goldsmith Ph.D. on December 22, 2017 in Emotional Fitness
These self-evaluations are one of the most powerful tools you can use to boost your enjoyment of both your life and relationship.

To Rekindle or Not to Rekindle? That Is the Question

Is getting back together really such a great idea?

Study Shows Avoiding Emotions Is Better for Some Couples

By Grant Hilary Brenner M.D. on December 21, 2017 in ExperiMentations
How is emotion regulation associated with relationship satisfaction for couples facing challenges? New research provides insight about what helps early on in dealing with problems.
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The Lady Doth Protest Too Much: Forecasting a RHOC Divorce

The curse of Bravo's The Real Housewives strikes again – Shannon Beador is married no more. Did anyone else see this coming despite her assertions that things were good?

The Five Most Common Parenting Mistakes

By Barbara Greenberg Ph.D. on December 15, 2017 in The Teen Doctor
What to consider as you parent.

Why Going No Contact With Mom Doesn't Solve Everything

By Peg Streep on December 11, 2017 in Tech Support
Deciding to cut a parent out of your life is a huge decision, which can bring with it some unwanted baggage rather than the expected freedom and relief.

Give Your Spouse the Gift of a Parenting Marriage This Year

By changing the focus of your relationship, you may actually be able to keep the family together as one unit in a happy, healthy way.

Tips for Keeping the Holidays Peaceful for the Kids

By Azmaira H. Maker Ph.D. on December 10, 2017 in Helping Kids Cope
Can you keep the holidays joyful for your kids? Tips and tools for married and divorced families.

4 Ways to Manage the Fear of Running Into Your Ex

Breaking up and divorce often bring on a fear in the broken-hearted that an ex will go forward to be amazing, while you just get sucked into the abyss.

3 Tips to Finding Love When You’re Older

It takes a willingness to stay the course and not give up.

How to Reach the Decision to Separate

Relationships are the source of great happiness — unless they become the greatest obstacle. How do we get to feel "enough is enough"? Feeling limits can be learned. Here is how.

The Other Woman’s Role in the Breakup of Your Marriage

Words have power, so if your husband leaves you for another, you’ll feel better if you call her names — home-wrecker, low-life, bitch, whore, tramp, slut, skank.

Age Is Just a Number

Wolfinger’s Goldilocks Theory demonstrates that the likelihood of divorce is the lowest between the ages of 28 and 32. With this in mind, how long should we wait to wed?

Parental Alienation: What Is the Solution?

The only effective means to combat and eliminate parental alienation is to address it by means of a multi-faceted approach that involves fundamental changes to the divorce system.

Estrangement and the Holidays

By Kathy McCoy Ph.D. on November 15, 2017 in Complicated Love
Has estrangement from a parent or adult child led to holiday blues? The holidays bring opportunities to reconnect or to begin healing.

You Just Got Dumped – Nice Timing, Right?

By Joseph Cardillo Ph.D. on November 12, 2017 in Attention Training
These 5 energy changers can help heal your broken heart.

Professionals Leave but the Abuse and Control Continue

By Lisa Aronson Fontes Ph.D. on November 06, 2017 in Invisible Chains
After a domestic violence victim has divorced or separated from an abuser, professionals and family often assume the abuse is "over." However, the intimidation may go on for years.