Canada Marriage

The Divine Shoulder Tap: Gratitude For Life's Daily Chaos

Mary-Jo Dionne | Posted 04.10.2017 | Canada
Mary-Jo Dionne

I only met her once. She was the close friend of a close friend. While I don't remember much about what we did together that evening over a decade ago...

Reform Flawed Child Support Guidelines Pushing Men To The Brink

Karen Selick | Posted 03.30.2017 | Canada Politics
Karen Selick

I practised family law from 1985 to 2009 and was never so relieved in my life as when I finally stopped. From that vantage point, there were things that I was easily able to predict. One of them was that some men would be driven to suicide by the burdens the law thrust upon them.

Common Law Spouses

Suzana Popovic-Montag | Posted 03.23.2017 | Canada
Suzana Popovic-Montag

It is increasingly common for couples to choose to live together without first getting married. This decision may be seen as an intermediary step in t...

How To Turn Your Life Story Into A Memoir Worth Reading

Linda Simpson | Posted 02.10.2017 | Canada Living
Linda Simpson

First and foremost answer the question why you want to write your memoir. What is driving your need to write? The memoir you are writing is your story, unique to you. Pack your fear of honesty at the door and answer why this story is important to you. The truth frees you to be who you are honestly -- as a person.

Society Enables Men To Hurt Indigenous Women With Impunity

Terese Marie Mailhot | Posted 01.26.2017 | Canada Living
Terese Marie Mailhot

I think part of it is because these men don't believe indigenous women feel pain the way others do, that we can handle pain, and we're not valued as much as others. Because if the government, the police, the media and the majority don't care for indigenous women's lives, why should these men?

Marriages Crash When Sex Falls Off The Radar

Debra Macleod | Posted 01.17.2017 | Canada Living
Debra Macleod

When it comes to marriage, emotional and sexual intimacy are two sides of the same coin. In successful marriages, we see a pretty decent balance. We see a couple who is going through life as best friends, and who just happen to think the other is pretty damn hot. Sex is a "use it or lose it" kind of thing.

When His Midlife Crisis Wreaks Havoc On Your Marriage

Debra Macleod | Posted 01.11.2017 | Canada Living
Debra Macleod

If your husband is having a destructive midlife crisis, I encourage you to see the situation more objectively. You need to see it for the self-focused power play it can be. Because when one spouse's "crisis" creates a crisis in the life of the other spouse, or in the marriage, there comes a point when you need to wise up.

By Planning Ahead, My Family Was Protected When We Needed It Most

Jane Blaufus | Posted 01.10.2017 | Canada Living
Jane Blaufus

I have seen firsthand how important life insurance is when a tragedy of losing one's spouse occurs. Thankfully, in our particular situation, we had conducted our annual review with our life insurance advisor a year before he died, made sure our life insurance coverage was still adequate and updated our wills with our lawyer.

What I Would Say To My Deceitful Ex-Husband, 20 Years Later

Linda Simpson | Posted 01.06.2017 | Canada Living
Linda Simpson

It was a novel suggestion. What would I say to my former spouse if given the opportunity? We haven't spoken in nearly two decades. Twenty five years of marriage is so far behind me now that most of my life has been without him. I grew up after he left, a painful but invigorating process.

10 Things Your Cheating Spouse Doesn't Want You To Know

Debra Macleod | Posted 01.03.2017 | Canada Living
Debra Macleod

Finding out that your husband or wife has been unfaithful isn't just a time of profound heartbreak and shock, it's also a time of intense confusion. There are so many unanswered questions and so many overwhelming emotions. Unfortunately, not all unfaithful partners will react with honesty, humility or empathy when their betrayal is discovered.

Here's What Your Partner Really Wants For Xmas

Debra Macleod | Posted 12.15.2016 | Canada Living
Debra Macleod

Your partner wants you to stop checking your Facebook feed at the movie theatre. To stop getting that glazed-over look in your eye, the one you get when you're in the middle of an actual face-to-face conversation, but you feel that itch to check your phone. Your partner really, really wants you to stop ignoring them or half-listening as you check your emails for the gazillionth time that day. Your partner wants you to stop texting your "friend" while you're lying in the privacy of your bed.

You Can Save Your Marriage In 60 Seconds

Debra Macleod | Posted 10.04.2016 | Canada Living
Debra Macleod

Got a minute? Good. Let's see how you can start to improve the dynamics in your marriage right now. It's like this: There are sixty seconds in your day that are absolutely pivotal in terms of how you and your spouse will relate to each other for the entire day and night. Ready?

Lies Bound His Family Together – And Tore Ours Apart

Linda Simpson | Posted 09.29.2016 | Canada Living
Linda Simpson

My former spouse had entered out marriage dishonestly. Other than words, there was no "forsaking all others" honoured in our wedding vows. The truth was finally revealed very much later on our 25th wedding anniversary. Were we destined to divorce or were there other factors?

Country Girl Moves Family Back To The Sticks

James Di Fiore | Posted 09.23.2016 | Canada Living
James Di Fiore

When I met the future mother of my children there was one specific quality that made me fall in love more than all the rest; Michelle was from a small town in the country. She also had a way of pointing out my big city shortsightedness. You can't teach that. You really can't.

We're Marrying Our Two Cultures Into Something Uniquely Canadian

Nicholas Mizera | Posted 09.20.2016 | Canada Living
Nicholas Mizera

Keeping relationships within a culture can be convenient, comfortable and maybe even somewhat expected of you -- but it also makes it easy to keep one's culture alive. Our parents had a clear blueprint for passing on their traditions, something the growing number of culturally mixed couples like us simply don't have.

Whatever Happened To Love At First Sight?

Fransi Weinstein | Posted 09.16.2016 | Canada Living
Fransi Weinstein

Love seems to be such a complex and arduous path nowadays. It wasn't always that way. What happened? Why is it different now? And can we return to how things were?

7 Financial Bases You'll Need To Cover Before Blending Families

Jane Blaufus | Posted 09.16.2016 | Canada Business
Jane Blaufus

My first husband passed away suddenly at the age of 39 and in 60 seconds, I became a widow with a 12-and-a-half-year-old daughter. I never intended to remarry but time and divine intervention had other plans for me. I remarried. This brought with it a myriad of important things we needed to discuss and consider.

How Different Generations Can See Eye-To-Eye On Prenups

Nathalie Boutet | Posted 08.25.2016 | Canada Living
Nathalie Boutet

Prenups don't have to be all one-sided in favour of the family that wants to protect hard-earned assets. I find that bringing fairness and a balanced approach will often allow the young couple to reach a satisfactory agreement.

5 Ways To Slay That Massive Mountain Of Wedding Debt

Jeffrey Schwartz | Posted 08.18.2016 | Canada Living
Jeffrey Schwartz

Wedding debt is an awful gift to receive after you say I do. It is also a stressful way to start your marriage especially when the number one reason for a marriage to fall apart is not because of infidelity -- it is because of money woes.

How Do You Keep Your Marriage Strong After Having Kids?

Tracy Gillett | Posted 08.02.2016 | Canada Parents
Tracy Gillett

The euphoria of falling in love with our new babies is intoxicating. For me it was such a dominant force, that for a while it overshadowed everything else in my life, including my marriage. I took our marriage for granted, assuming it was strong enough to withstand any challenge. And it is incredibly resilient, but when a baby comes along we're tested like never before. Small cracks in a relationship may grow into colossal chasms and threaten the foundation of our precious family units.

Jennifer Aniston Isn't The Only One Feeling Societal Pressure To Have A Baby

Deepi Harish | Posted 09.02.2016 | Canada Living
Deepi Harish

Society doesn't just pressure Aniston, this is the case for millennial women, specifically South Asian millennial women, like myself. A handful of my female friends and I fit into the following category: we're in our 30s, independent, outgoing, have careers, side interests and side hustles, but we can't seem to find a life partner that will truly be our ride or die.

Talking Money Before You Say 'I Do' Can Save Your Marriage

Jeffrey Schwartz | Posted 07.28.2016 | Canada Business
Jeffrey Schwartz

I understand talking about your finances may be a difficult topic for some, but if you think about the bigger picture -- you are building the early foundation of a strong marriage. You may even be saving your marriage from divorce.

5 Reasons To Have Your Wedding In Barbados

Mara Sofferin | Posted 07.26.2016 | Canada Living
Mara Sofferin

With design-driven hotels, epic surf breaks, seaside music festivals, and a bold local food scene, Barbados is unbeatable. Forget having a destination wedding, have a vacation wedding you and your guests will never forget!

Wedding Gift Ideas For The Couple That Has Everything

Sari Friedman | Posted 07.04.2016 | Canada Living
Sari Friedman

Guests plan on spending an average of $146 on wedding gifts this year, according to a recent survey by Ebates.ca. While this budget leaves room for great gifts, many would agree that the struggle is real when it comes to figuring out what to get the couple that has everything.

Twenty Years Of Marriage: A Love Story

Lori Gard | Posted 06.06.2016 | Canada Living
Lori Gard

She kissed him one morning, some twenty-two years after their lips had first touched. It was something that felt strange and bizarre, new and yet comfortably familiar. And it was in that moment that she knew, even after all these years, in spite of all the pain and trouble and joy and elation they had both shared -- through the good and the bad: she knew that she still loved him.