Divorce Essential Reads

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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.

Should We Prepare Ourselves for Straying?

By Aaron Ben-Zeév Ph.D. on October 31, 2017 in In the Name of Love
In order to reduce the pain of a potential romantic rejection, some people cultivate back-up romantic options. How beneficial is this preemptive strike strategy?

Defy the Odds: Here's How to Keep Your Relationship Happy

Relationships tend to experience a decline in romantic satisfaction. Will yours?

3 Best and Worst Ways to Be a Friend When a Friend Needs You

A recent news article suggests that people need friends as well as lovers. When your friend’s relationship is in trouble, research shows what to do and not do as a confidant.

My Partner Cheated on Me — Should I Try to Make It Work?

How do we decide whether to stay or go after someone cheats on us? New research sheds light on the decision-making process and helps us understand our own relationships.

3 Signs That You’re Stuck in a Bad Relationship

By Kelly Campbell Ph.D. on October 02, 2017 in More Than Chemistry
It's difficult to admit that a relationship which started out so great has turned into something bad. Here are three signs that it might be time to end your relationship.

The 14 Crucial Ingredients of All Successful Relationships

Considering the many factors involved in relationships, it might seem impossible to narrow them down to a reasonable number. New research shows which are the 14 common elements.

When Relationships Fall Apart

By David Bedrick J.D., Dipl. PW on September 05, 2017 in Is Psychology Making Us Sick?
When relationships falter, there are many roads a couple can take. Which path will you choose?

Why Adultery Is Harmful Even Before It's Discovered

Kai Cole uses her experience of her marriage and divorce from Joss Whedon to show that the saying "what you don't know can't hurt you" is wrong.

Why Divorced People Are Key to Understanding Marriage

By Bella DePaulo Ph.D. on August 18, 2017 in Living Single
A study of 10,000 Dutch adults looked at the health of married people to see if it had anything to do with who got divorced. Did it ever.

A Simple Tool for Greater Relationship Satisfaction

In today's hectic, sometimes lonely, day and age, proven tools to increase passion and relationship satisfaction are a sought-after commodity. Research is illuminating and useful.

5 Signs That a Partner Might Become Unfaithful

Are you concerned your partner may be seeing someone else when you've agreed to be exclusive? Researchers continue to study infidelity to better understand when and how it happens.

Who’s to Blame When a Child Dies in High-Conflict Divorce?

By Linda Esposito LCSW on August 11, 2017 in From Anxiety to Zen
Filicide is the most unimaginable crime perpetrated against children. The very act defies explanation, yet opening up the dialogue may be the only hope for the lives lost.

Two Types of Relationship Aggression Identified

Is impossible for couples to avoid arguments but new research on long-term relationships suggests that some forms are more damaging than others. Here’s how to avoid the bad kind.

What Stops People From Cheating on Their Partners?

Infidelity generally leads to pain and suffering for all involved, and is the most common factor in divorce. How do we resist temptation, making it more likely we'll stay together?

Individualism Goes Global: More Live Alone, Value Friends

By Bella DePaulo Ph.D. on July 29, 2017 in Living Single
A study of 51 years of data from 78 nations shows a rise in individualism around the globe. More people are living alone, divorcing, and valuing their friends over their family.

How to Handle a Toxic Divorce

Most divorces begin with hurt. A toxic divorce is a completely different scenario.

4 Things Guaranteed to Turn a Healthy Relationship Toxic

Coupling up and committing can bring enormous joy and wellbeing. When done poorly however, what once felt like closeness can easily turn toxic. Here are four traps to avoid.

The Truth About Marriage and Your Future

By Bella DePaulo Ph.D. on May 27, 2017 in Living Single
In a 16-year study, more than 11,000 people were followed as they married and divorced. Here’s what happened to their health, life satisfaction, and depression.

Why So Many Unhappy Couples Stay Together

By David Ludden Ph.D. on May 21, 2017 in Talking Apes
Future expectations are a better predictor of whether a relationship will last than are current levels of satisfaction.

Can Being a Female Breadwinner Cost You Your Relationship?

By Shane Perrault Ph.D. on May 16, 2017 in It's Never Too Late
7 signs that your relationship is at risk of romantic bankruptcy.

Divorce Island

People change and act differently during divorce. I like to call it divorce island - a place where new rules apply. Learn more.

4 Ways to Bring Self-Esteem to Your Romantic Relationship

When one or both members of a romantic union feel positively about themselves romantic bliss becomes less elusive. Here are 4 ways to work on your self-esteem in your relationship.

High-Conflict Divorce: 3 Lessons Learned From the Couch

Recovery from a difficult divorce can seem unimaginable. A few mindset shifts can go a long way toward healing.
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The Divorce Decision

Are you frustrated in your marriage and not sure where to turn? Are you contemplating a divorce? Are you worried your spouse wants a divorce? Learn where to get help.

Do Half of All Marriages Really End in Divorce?

Does the thought that half of all marriages end in divorce have you afraid to tie the knot? That statistic is outdated, and knowing more about the facts can ease your fear.

Which Partners Are Most Likely to Cheat?

Being able to figure out how faithful your partner will be would seem to be a worthwhile goal. New research suggests a pretty simple, “skin-deep” method.