Marriage Advice

What To Do If You've Been Caught On Ashley Madison

The Huffington Post Canada | Joy D'Souza | Posted 08.21.2015 | Canada Living

Tuesday's data dump of supposed Ashley Madison users likely has some couples questioning their relationships and others wondering if they know someone...

Life Is Short, Turn Your Spouse On

Debra Macleod | Posted 08.19.2015 | Canada Living
Debra Macleod

The recent Ashley Madison hack hasn't just exposed user data - it's also brought to light our various attitudes toward marriage and monogamy in today's high-tech, high-strung society. There are many reasons people stray and technology enables infidelity in a way that is faster and easier -- although certainly not more secretive -- than ever before. Yet in the end, it is always a question of choice. "Will I break the promise I made to my spouse?" In the wake of the Ashley Madison hack, we're seeing a lot of "You got what you deserved!" opinions.

The Most Common Phrases a Cheating Spouse Uses

Debra Macleod | Posted 08.11.2015 | Canada Living
Debra Macleod

Many people who suspect their partner is having an inappropriate opposite sex friendship -- and who fear it is leading to infidelity -- often end up questioning themselves or worrying that they are being jealous, paranoid or controlling. After all, no one wants to be "that" spouse.

8 Ways to Take Your Marriage "Off Hold"

Debra Macleod | Posted 08.04.2015 | Canada Living
Debra Macleod

It's a mistake to think that you can put your relationship "on hold" until the kids are gone. Instead, practice these eight ways to take your marriage "off hold" right now, and keep it alive and well throughout the various stages of your life together.

How to Stay Happily Married

TamilCulture | Posted 07.14.2015 | Canada Living
TamilCulture

My opinion on marriage is that it's like driving a car -- you wouldn't put someone in a car who doesn't have some kind of training. This training is essential so that you can safely navigate the roads. So why allow people to make a decision as important as marriage with no preparation?

19 Ways to Have a Thriving Marriage

Lori Gard | Posted 07.14.2015 | Canada Living
Lori Gard

We spent our 19th wedding anniversary very much like we do every other day. Since that day and for almost two weeks, I have been contemplating the idea of a list. A list of 19 characteristics essential to a flourishing marriage. Without further ado, here are those nearly twenty. Because 19 is actually enough.

Can Your Marriage Survive Autism?

Julie M Green | Posted 06.27.2015 | Canada Parents
Julie M Green

Sometimes it feels as though there are three parties in my relationship -- my husband, me, and Autism. For a long time autism ate up every minute my spouse and I spent together. I'm by no means an expert, but here are a few pearls I've gleaned after 15 years' married about making a relationship work when you have a child with special needs.

Lovebirds Married For 60 Years Share All Their Secrets

The Huffington Post Canada | Arti Patel | Posted 06.27.2015 | Canada Living

Betty and Lawrence have been married 63 years, this is their story.

7 Things All Couples Need To Know Before They Get Married

The Huffington Post Canada | Joy D'Souza | Posted 06.26.2015 | Canada Living

Getting engaged is an exciting time for couples, and in the days and weeks leading up to saying 'I do,' they can be so busy planning and preparing for...

Is Marriage More Beneficial For Men?

The Huffington Post Canada | Joy D'Souza | Posted 06.12.2015 | Canada Living

For years, scientists have been saying it is better for your health to be married than it is to be single. And now, researchers at University College ...

5 Ways to Succeed at Marriage

Debra Macleod | Posted 06.09.2015 | Canada Living
Debra Macleod

Ah, the quintessential happy home -- mom, dad, a kid or two (or three) cuddled on the couch for a family movie night, munching popcorn and enjoying each other's company. In a world where divorce and family breakdown are rampant, does this vision still exist?

What To Do When You And Your Partner Disagree On How To Raise The Kids

The Huffington Post Canada | Alyson Schafer | Posted 05.05.2015 | Canada Parents

We all thought starting a family was the most romantic thing we could do as a couple. Making a baby is the ultimate act of love. During our pregnancy ...

8 Ways to Bring a Zombie Marriage Back to Life

Debra Macleod | Posted 05.24.2015 | Canada Living
Debra Macleod

If you're in a zombie marriage, you know the signs: apathy, routine, familiarity, empty interactions, irritability, indifference and sexlessness. You don't actively dislike each other -- you've just kind of stopped showing up. If this sounds familiar to you, don't run away (or aim for the head) just yet. Instead, try these eight tips to see whether they can bring your zombie relationship back to life.

Stop Talking Your Relationship To Death!

Debra Macleod | Posted 05.11.2015 | Canada Living
Debra Macleod

Of course, relationship problems do have to be discussed. But trust me -- if you improve your interactions before you talk about them, you'll spend a lot less time digging up and re-burying cats that should have been laid to rest a long time ago.

Marriage Before Baby Carriage Means You're Less Likely to Split

The Huffington Post Canada | Joy D'Souza | Posted 03.10.2015 | Canada Living

No surprise here — the Marriage Foundation of the U.K. wants you to get married before you have babies. The foundation, which was created by form...

Spouse Poaching: Why Married People Are Sexy Targets

Debra Macleod | Posted 04.26.2015 | Canada Living
Debra Macleod

Affairs are messy things and it is unlikely that the illusion of this relationship will lead to any kind of happy reality for you. Even if you do defy the odds and this person leaves his or her spouse for you, all you've accomplished is "winning" someone else's cheating husband or cheating wife.

How to Fill in the Blanks on Valentine's Day

Sue Nador | Posted 04.13.2015 | Canada Living
Sue Nador

This Valentine's Day, why not leave the pre-fab cards on the rack and buy a blank one instead? You can customize your own declaration of love on an open canvas. The possibilities are endless, and it will take only marginally more effort to compose your own Valentine than to buy one ready-made. Here are some tips for your do-it-yourself Valentine.

Why Opposite-Sex Friendships Will Destroy Your Marriage

Debra Macleod | Posted 04.11.2015 | Canada Living
Debra Macleod

Before you know it, the spouse and his or her extra-marital friend are comforting each other, turning to each other for advice, sharing details of their intimate life and relationships, and texting each other with increasing frequency and intimacy. As the excitement of their forbidden friendship grows, the dynamics in the marriage deteriorate. After all, three's a crowd.

8 Lies That Parents on the Brink of Divorce Might Tell Themselves

Debra Macleod | Posted 01.31.2015 | Canada Living
Debra Macleod

As a former divorce mediator and current couples and family mediator, I have heard every excuse that parents use to feel better about breaking up their family. Here are eight of the most common lies that, if you're considering divorce, you might be telling yourself.

8 Reasons Your Husband is Falling Out of Love With You

Debra Macleod | Posted 01.13.2015 | Canada Living
Debra Macleod

I can't tell you how many unhappy husbands I've seen in my office over the past decade or so. They present with all kinds of issues, from infidelity to in-law troubles and everything in between. Below are eight of the most common complaints that unhappy husbands make about their wives. Read them. Believe them. Stop them.

Why You Shouldn't Stop Bringing Your A-Game To Your Relationship

Sue Nador | Posted 11.25.2014 | Canada Living
Sue Nador

How does passion turn into pal-ship? Perhaps the very nature of sharing space with someone can breed too much familiarity. It's easy to get comfortable, even sloppy, when we live with each other day in and day out. What message does it send when I leave our house looking polished and revert immediately to comfy cellmate attire when I come home?

Key To Happy Marriage? Yes, It's Still Your Wife

AFP/Relaxnews | Posted 09.16.2014 | Canada Living

A husband's happiness is significantly related to how his wife feels about the union, according to researchers at Rutgers University and the Universit...

Feigned Love: The Art of Settling

Dain Wallis | Posted 11.07.2014 | Canada Living
Dain Wallis

Worried that you're settling? Not sure if you're in love or just going through the motions? Speaking from experience, here is your guide to the Art of Settling.

The Formula For A Happy Marriage? Fewer Options (And A Big Wedding)

AFP/Relaxnews | Posted 08.20.2014 | Canada Living

A big wedding celebration preceded by few romantic relationships for both the bride and the groom could be a positive sign that they will be happy tog...

The Most Awkward (And Most Important) Talk To Have With Your Partner

The Huffington Post Canada | Posted 07.23.2014 | Canada Living

For people entering a marriage all dewy-eyed and confident, relationship counsellors have some news for you: one of you is likely to cheat on the othe...