I drive a boy in our neighborhood to school in the mornings, and he often talks about his life at home with his brothers and step brothers. The stories are filled with rough housing, complaints that he doesn't have enough attention and how he hates being the youngest. My son (somewhat snarkily) counters the conversation with his views about being happy he is an only child.…Continue
Added by Lauren Markman on December 29, 2017 at 8:14am — No Comments
I had a very happy childhood. I may not have realized it at the time, but it was: I lived in a safe neighborhood with lots of friends, we had family nearby, and we were very active in the community. Even after my parents divorced, I was a happy kid. And it may be because of their divorce that I had to grow up a little more and take on more responsibilities. In other words, I had to learn how to be more resilient.…Continue
Added by Lauren Markman on August 9, 2017 at 6:30am — No Comments
Home is a familiar place we take comfort in, to be with the ones we love, and take a load off. When it comes to life after a divorce, however, we often find ourselves emotionally unraveling and being unsure of the future. It's a scary feeling, but what we need to…Continue
Added by Rachael Murphey on August 7, 2017 at 4:19pm — No Comments
Added by Rebecca Kissinger on February 14, 2017 at 5:05pm — No Comments
Divorce is an unfortunate fact of life, it doesn’t happen to all of us but the figures are alarmingly high and they are rising. You may have done well for yourself and found a good man and a strong marriage that will last forever but for many, this dream can become a nightmare and the marriage may break down.
The process of divorce is messy and at times, depending on your situation, it could turn nasty. My own…Continue
Added by Laura O. Tolentino on February 7, 2017 at 4:41am — No Comments
We have all been to that wedding. You know the one. The one where you are trying very hard to be generally happy for your friend/relative and not say anything overly snarky, but - way down deep - you have a suspicion they are not going to make it as a couple. You don't want to be right, but you can't help how you feel. Then, after time passes and you hear word of the breakup, you have to bite your tongue and never admit to anyone that you…Continue
Added by Lauren Markman on June 17, 2016 at 6:21am — No Comments
Prenuptial agreements allow individuals to protect their assets in the event a marriage goes south. In the state of California, many regular people create these agreements, which are signed by both parties and legally binding upon marriage. If you or your fiancée or significant other is interested in creating a prenup before marriage, here is a list of what you can and cannot include:
You Can Use a Prenuptial Agreement to:
Added by Karie Boyd on December 29, 2015 at 2:43pm — No Comments
I know that every marriage is different. I listen to girl talk. I hear from friends who let their husbands handle all the finances, and those that act as the family accountant. I hear from moms who think their husbands don't spend enough time with the kids and those that are happy with their amount of free time away from the family. I hear from women who joke about murdering their spouses several times a week and those that are careful to…Continue
Added by Lauren Markman on December 18, 2015 at 6:19am — No Comments
Christmas trees. Christmas presents. Christmas custody?
When a couple with children are no longer together, the couple has to decide who will have the children during the holidays. There are some who may celebrate the holidays together in hopes of creating a peaceful holiday for the children. There are others, like me, who are not in a true co-parenting relationship. …Continue
Added by Tiffany Benyacko on December 16, 2015 at 9:35pm — No Comments
Like many couples, my husband and I moved in together before getting married. And we actually lived together for more than a decade before saying our vows. We wanted to be sure about our choice to remain together. (Absolutely sure.) And to this day, I am glad that we put in all that time before we tied the knot. We know each other on every level and I believe that it made the "hard" years of marriage (the first year after saying "I do,"…Continue
Added by Lauren Markman on December 2, 2015 at 6:17am — No Comments
Unfortunately, you cannot decide you want a divorce one day and finalize the filing on the next. The process takes time and will likely involve several meetings and considerations to resolve asset division, custody considerations, and alimony. In the state of California, it will always take at least six months after you file a divorce petition to receive a…Continue
Added by Karie Boyd on December 1, 2015 at 2:44pm — No Comments
Marriage before baby or baby before marriage?
For my husband and I we chose to get married before having a baby. Even though we had been together for a really long time, it was important to us to have the contract in place before we brought a new life into this world.…
Added by Lauren Markman on September 23, 2015 at 6:38am — No Comments
Previously, I wrote about the health risks Moms and children face when births aren't spaced out enough. Of course, this isn't the end of the story. Finnish researchers have found that having several close-in-age children can put a strain on the…Continue
Added by Lauren Markman on May 22, 2015 at 6:22am — No Comments
My parents separated and divorced when I was in junior high school. Although I am not sure of the exact terms of the custody arrangement, I can say that my brother and I lived with our Mom and visited our Dad for a few weeks during the summer. I am pretty sure this was because we lived in South Carolina and my Dad lived in Indiana.…
Added by Lauren Markman on May 6, 2015 at 6:19am — No Comments
Let's take a mental break today.
Someone combed through the U.S. Census data and used information from the…
Added by Lauren Markman on January 16, 2015 at 6:26am — No Comments
Added by bobbi keener on November 10, 2014 at 3:54pm — No Comments
As I have mentioned before, my parents divorced when I was young. There is no doubt in my mind that it was the best decision for both of them. There is also no doubt in my mind that it was a hard decision for them to make.
I was one of the only children of divorce in my Catholic school (no surprises there),…
Added by Lauren Markman on October 17, 2014 at 6:25am — No Comments
Added by darla halyk on July 8, 2014 at 4:30pm — No Comments
My husband and I celebrated our 18th wedding anniversary at a fancy restaurant. After he ordered an expensive bottle of wine, he reached into his pocket and pulled out his gift to me. It was a handwritten list of treasured memories from our marriage. Memories, he said, that reminded him of how much we belonged together.
It was a long list, maybe twenty or so memories. I glowed…Continue
Added by Kristine Castagnaro on May 27, 2014 at 1:04pm — No Comments