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It's the Little Disagreements That Tear a Marriage Apart

If you’re trying to make a relationship last, you’re probably trying to guard against the big fuck-ups when you think about keeping things together—the secret flirtations, the secret major purchases, hell, the secret other families. But what if it turns out the big things don’t matter anywhere near as much as the… » 7/26/15 1:15pm 7/26/15 1:15pm

Would You Hesitate to Marry a Person Who Was Super Deep in Debt?

Of all the things you wish to align between you and your partner—values, procreative plans, a shared love for bad reality TV—perhaps debt should be higher on that list, particularly when research shows that money conflict tends to correlate with divorce. Have you ever asked yourself: How much debt is too much for love… » 7/25/15 3:30pm 7/25/15 3:30pm

Man Says Letting His Wife Sleep Around Helped Him ‘Get’ Feminism

Open marriage can teach its participants about a lot of things—trust, communication, attraction, the limits of our own possessive and jealous hearts—and now we’ve got one more to add to the list, with this one man who says that agreeing to sleep with other people has helped him finally get feminism. Readers, however,… » 7/21/15 2:30pm 7/21/15 2:30pm

Study: People Who Get Married After 32 Are More Likely To Get Divorced

Conventional wisdom has said that people who wait longer to get married are less likely to get divorced. Like, if you actually intimately know your future husband or wife you are less likely to discover five years later that they are just a bunch of children stacked on top of one another (emotionally, I mean). » 7/16/15 11:45pm 7/16/15 11:45pm

Number of Women Keeping Their Name After Marriage is on the Rise 

The New York Times’ data blog, The Upshot, has found that more and more women are keeping their names after marriage. According to a Google Consumer Survey, nearly 20% of women are now choosing to keep their name, with another 10% hyphenating or continuing to use their name professionally.
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Please Don’t Tell Your Engaged Friend She’ll 'Make a Beautiful Bride'

When a woman’s Facebook relationship status switches to “engaged,” the comments that ensue are pretty predictable. There are OMGs, congratulations, the ring emoji, the couple-holding-hands emoji, the smiley-face-with-hearts-in-place-of-eyes emoji... You get the picture. » 6/26/15 1:10pm 6/26/15 1:10pm

The Downside to Earning More: Your Husband Is More Likely to Cheat

This just in from Cool, Bewildering News About How People Really Are: A study published in the American Sociological Review has found that one way to help cheat-proof your relationship is to make about the same amount of money as your spouse. Because, when one of you makes a lot more, the lower earner becomes more… » 6/10/15 1:40pm 6/10/15 1:40pm

Ireland Has Legalized Gay Marriage 

Ireland will become the first country to legalize gay marriage through popular vote. Though the country isn’t done counting votes, it seems that that victory was so overwhelming that the campaign declared victory earlier today. According to The Guardian, “all trends are pointing to at least a 2-1 majority in favour.”… » 5/23/15 11:10am 5/23/15 11:10am

I'm Getting Married This Year and My Boyfriend Can't Stop Me

The first time I asked Allen to marry me was the day after Christmas. We were wandering through one of Modesto's finest shopping malls and in the excitement of scoring $200 worth of Bath & Body Works products for less than $60, I turned to him and said, "Let's get married. Let's get married this year!" He closed his… » 4/16/15 2:10pm 4/16/15 2:10pm

The Best Time My Bosses Teamed Up to Find Me a Chinese Fiancé

My first date with Cai involved a lot of tongue. Not the fun kind—like, a literal plate of seasoned duck tongues on the table between us. But that wasn't the weirdest part of our date, because I swear duck tongues are delicious. The weirdest part was my coworkers, all gathered together at another table, watching us. » 4/14/15 1:50pm 4/14/15 1:50pm

Sweatpants Don't Cause Divorce, People Cause Divorce

During a recent interview with Extra, Eva Mendes—actor, entrepreneur and mother to Ryan Gosling's child—claimed to have found the key to a successful, long marriage. (Note: Eva Mendes isn't married.) The secret? Never wear sweatpants. Our counter-argument: fuck that and sweatpant it up. » 3/19/15 6:00pm 3/19/15 6:00pm

Alabama's Homophobia Costs a University $15 Million

A gay couple who are both devoted alumni of the University of Alabama have scrapped their plans to bequeath their multimillion dollar estate to the school. Elliott Mitchell and Clark West, who donated $1 million to the school a decade ago, say they can't support a state institution while a same-sex marriage ban… » 3/17/15 6:00pm 3/17/15 6:00pm