Canada Marriage

Don't Pressure Him to Commit

Collette Gee | Posted 03.15.2015 | Canada Living
Collette Gee

There are times when one or both partners are simply having a good time, enjoying the dating arrangement. It allows them to enjoy themselves and go out on an easy-going, not really committed level, all while they've got a close friend at their side. Regrettably when one partner ends up being more involved than the other, it can result in problems.

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...

Are You a Cat or a Dog in Relationships?

Alana Hurov | Posted 03.09.2015 | Canada Living
Alana Hurov

After 20 years of dating and over 100 relationships later, I have created "The Milk and Bone Theory." Take a close look at the behaviour of cats and dogs, notice which qualities you share with both animals. You will most likely have commonalities with one more than the other. Here are five ways to tell if you are a cat or a dog in a relationships.

The Ancient Tradition That Can Keep Your Family Together

Debra Macleod | Posted 03.05.2015 | Canada Living
Debra Macleod

The ancient Vesta tradition is an example of an old faith that is making a comeback. It is a tradition that reaches back to distant antiquity but whose dynamic nature and ability to reflect progressive 21st century humanist and secular values is making it a popular choice for those who identify as "spiritual but not religious."

Spouse Poaching: Why Married People Are Sexy Targets

Debra Macleod | Posted 02.24.2015 | 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.

How to Hit the Spiritual "Reset Button" in Your Life

Debra Macleod | Posted 03.09.2015 | Canada Living
Debra Macleod

As a couples mediator, January is always an extra-busy month for my practice. There is always a wave of clients seeking to improve their relationships and family lives so that the new year is a happier one than the old year was. They want to hit the reset button in their lives.

What Every Single Girl Needs to Know About Dating

Alana Hurov | Posted 02.09.2015 | Canada Living
Alana Hurov

over the years and through a lot of bad encounters and relationships, I adapted and went from sweet and innocent to sexy vixen with an edge. Now that I am in a happy and committed relationship, I have some valuable advice for all of those single girls out there. I wish I had this kind of wisdom when I was on the hunt for my Prince.

Arranged Marriages Can Be Happy Marriages Too

Hana Shafi | Posted 02.02.2015 | Canada Living
Hana Shafi

My parents have been married for 25 years. They're different in a lot of ways, but their marriage has survived through the hardships of immigrating to a new country. You might not guess it, but my parents had an arranged marriage. The Western narrative of an arranged marriage is quite severe: A family forces their oppressed daughter to marry a man 20 years her senior and she sees him for the first time at the altar. But the truth is in the language -- arranged marriage is not the same as forced marriage.

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.

Getting A Time Out in Paradise

Rania Walker | Posted 01.31.2015 | Canada Travel
Rania Walker

The Cove is an adult-only resort catering to couples and singles who want to vacation in class. Their private beach club CAIN boasts infinity pools with lounging beds, private two-room cabanas offering separate showers and butler services and do you hear that...No? Peaceful, kid-free relaxation.

After 51 Years Together, This Man Dies Five Hours After His Wife's Funeral

Jennifer Pellegrini | Posted 01.27.2015 | Canada Living
Jennifer Pellegrini

You've read these stories before. Elderly couple have been married for years, first one takes ill, then the other and they inevitably go within hours ...

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.

How Amal Clooney is Bringing Marriage Back into Style

Debra Macleod | Posted 01.05.2015 | Canada Living
Debra Macleod

Just as fashion trends have a tendency to return (I've seen two people wearing Swatches this week alone!), it appears that marriage is making a comeback. A new and improved version of marriage is hitting the shelves, and it is perhaps more fashionable than ever. Why? Largely because of the type of woman who is choosing to walk down the aisle.

Eight Monster Men You Should Be Scared To Date

Debra Macleod | Posted 12.29.2014 | Canada Living
Debra Macleod

Charming and disarmingly persuasive, this sexy, silver-tongued slickster will use your body to satisfy his every pleasure. And while it might feel really good while he's doing it, in the end he ends up stronger and you end up weaker. Unfortunately for you, this monster man is also a monstrous time-waster.

Why Men Get Laid, But Women Get Screwed

Debra Macleod | Posted 12.23.2014 | Canada Living
Debra Macleod

Women often enter into casual sex and cohabitation assuming these things are their only options. Yet these practices have only become the default dating norms over the past few decades. And guess what? They're a failed social experiment.

Common Risks for Common-Law Relationships

Ashley Redmond | Posted 12.15.2014 | Canada Living
Ashley Redmond

Marriage is on the decline in Canada and that cohabitation is on the rise. In 1961, less than 1 per cent of families lived in a cohabitation structure; now almost 20 per cent of families are spearheaded by common-law couples. Here are three things to consider before you shack up.

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?

A Letter To The Man I Married 18 Years Ago

Lori Gard | Posted 11.18.2014 | Canada
Lori Gard

Love, Tonight, we sit out on the veranda, you and I, while candles flicker quietly at our feet. Three citronella in pots reduce to liquid. I say I ...

Why It's Sometimes OK for a Woman to "Need" a Man

Debra Macleod | Posted 11.05.2014 | Canada Living
Debra Macleod

Ask your date to walk you to your car after dark. Ask your boyfriend to reach that plate on the top shelf, fix your computer or check your leaky faucet. I can hear the snarks from women now. Yet many men long to feel needed in a healthy way in their relationships.

Would You Consider a Relationship Contract Over a Marriage?

Marina Adshade | Posted 11.05.2014 | Canada Living
Marina Adshade

Divorce rates are soaring, or so the story goes at least. One proposition is to take the long-term commitment out of marriage and, instead, have marriages that automatically expire after a fixed term of three or four years.

Want Your Spouse to Change His Diet? Here's How to Help, Not Hinder

Abby Langer | Posted 10.10.2014 | Canada Living
Abby Langer

A lot of people I know find it difficult to hold their fire when they think their partner needs to make some dietary changes. But you want to help, so based on real-life situations I've seen at my practice, here are some straightforward tips for all you women and men out there who find themselves in the support role.

Five Great Expectations When Planning a Wedding Abroad

Gillian Farber | Posted 09.30.2014 | Canada Living
Gillian Farber

Living abroad is one thing -- planning a wedding from abroad is a whole other story. A very complicated, internet driven, blog obsessed story that involves checking your email 24/7 and a secret love affair with Pinterest. So from one traveller/amateur bride-to-be to another, here are my "Five Great Expectations" leading up to your big day.

Instead of Making a Spreadsheet About Sex, Try Writing a Love Note

Debra Macleod | Posted 09.24.2014 | Canada Living
Debra Macleod

I stumbled upon a story about a husband who, apparently upset with the lack of sex in his marriage, made a spreadsheet that documented how often his wife had sex with him. I've had many clients over the years show me similar lists. Lists like this are made -- and shared on social media -- out of an emotional mixture of frustration, resentment, self- righteousness, a lack of self-restraint and a profound level of immaturity.

Do You Know the Achilles Heel of Your Relationship?

Sue Nador | Posted 08.30.2014 | Canada Living
Sue Nador

I knew immediately what John was talking about. I am prone to self-absorption, lost in my own thoughts. I pretend to listen, but John is no fool -- it's obvious to him that the imaginary conversations inside my head are too often more important than the real conversations between us. No wonder he sometimes feels that he is not that important.