09 Jan
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Empty Nesters and Retirees: A Fact Sheet

This fact sheet explores marital challenges adults may face when their adult children leave the home, including feelings of depression, sadness, and grief. Symptoms of Empty Nest Syndrome are described, as well as the challenges faced by the Sandwich Generation that is taking care of their own children while taking care of their aging parents, […]

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09 Jan
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First Comes Love, Then Comes Marriage…Right? (How Do We Know If We’re Ready?)

This brief explains three important concepts that should be considered when an individual is deciding whether or not he or she is ready for marriage. Individuals are urged to understand what marriage is really about, examine the motivation to marry, and know a partner well. Questions are listed for individuals to explore in determining their […]

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09 Jan
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Rebuilding Trust in Your Marriage After an Affair

Successfully rebuilding trust after an extra-marital affair is possible but it can be difficult, lengthy and overwhelming. An affair can have a devastating effect on marriage and can be an agonizing crisis for a couple. Responses to the discovery or revelation of an affair range from sadness, shock, despair to anger, rage and confusion. It […]

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09 Jan
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How Do I Talk With My Partner About Marriage Education?

Asking your partner to attend a relationship education workshop might suggest that you think something is wrong or that you’re not happy in your relationship, even if that is not the case. Marriage and relationship education is a fantastic support for couples who are looking to improve an already good relationship or couples who may […]

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09 Jan
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Sustaining Your Marriage as an Empty Nester or Retiree

Transitions are a part of life. These natural transitions may involve children growing up and moving away, the loss of a parent, or retirement. Individuals respond differently to mid-life transitions based on gender, background and family support. While a mild level of anxiety is common, some find the changes more difficult than others. This tip […]

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09 Jan
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What Marriage Educators Should Know About Working with Asian American Couples and Individuals

Culture influences marriage and it is helpful for practitioners to understand this influence in order to offer culturally relevant marriage education services. Although Asian Americans make up a relatively small portion of the U.S. population (4.4 percent, Census, 2002), they are highly represented in interracial marriages. Other common characteristics in Asian American households include high […]

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09 Jan
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Interpreting Divorce Rates, Marriage Rates, and Data on the Percentage of Children with Single Parents. Research Brief

The United States federal government releases data on rates of marriage and divorce in most years, along with information on the percentage of children living with two parents and single parents. Stories based on these statistics often appear in the media. Many people, however, are confused by these data–how these numbers should be interpreted and […]

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09 Jan
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Marriage Trends in Western Culture: A Fact Sheet

This Fact Sheet presents data and trends over time in marriage, divorce, cohabitation, and non-marital birthrates for countries in three European regions: Northern Europe, Southern Europe, and Western Europe. Countries for which data are presented include Sweden, Norway and Denmark; Italy, Portugal, and Spain; and the United Kingdom, France and Germany. For purposes of comparison, […]

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09 Jan
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Covenant Marriage: A Fact Sheet

Marriage is a long held tradition in many cultures. It is the legal and/or often religious ceremony joining two people in the eyes of a family, religion and/or government. Traditionally, marriage is “”until death do us part.”” However, it is a social contract that can be broken. Before 1970, getting a divorce meant proving that […]

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