UK Marriage

Surviving the Empty Nest

Elizabeth Sullivan | Posted 22.09.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Elizabeth Sullivan

If your child leaving creates a hole in your life, you must find new and healthy ways to fill it. The empty nest often means that you have to adjust to living alone with your partner again, which you haven't done for 18 years. It's very common for old tensions or arguments to resurface and explode, so it's important to make a real effort to connect with them again.

Engaged and Confused: A Man's Guide to Marriage - Part Four: The Wedding Pre-lash

Alex Smith | Posted 22.09.2014 | UK Comedy
Alex Smith

I'd changed my Facebook status... I'd sent out up to three different variations of group text (which people only seemed to resent as being impersonal)... I mean Jesus I'd even looked at some people directly in their needy little faces and told them that we were engaged. But that is just not enough for some people.

The Top 10 at 25

The Mac Twins | Posted 22.09.2014 | UK Lifestyle
The Mac Twins

Our mid twenties without Google search would be a shameful series of questions to family members starting with 'I know I should know this but...' whilst gazing wearily down at our Young person railcards. Much like the deteriorative hangover, the road to 30 creeps up without warning or fan fare..

Six Ways to Communicate Better In the Bedroom

Benjamin Bonetti | Posted 18.09.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Benjamin Bonetti

My own relationship has faced its own issues, with two marital separations; I know from first-hand how miss-communication and miss-understanding can change a relationship for the worse, how listening is more powerful than speaking, and how the unspoken word can often bring a relationship closer or create distance from those you once loved.

Why You Are a Fool to Marry for Love

Katy Horwood | Posted 16.09.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Katy Horwood

Marrying someone until death do us part purely on the basis of true love is a charming idea. But I choose not to marry, not because I disagree with the institution per se but more that I am realistic about the chances of survival when a married is based on 'love' alone.

Stop Domestic Psychological Abuse Now

Sara Davison | Posted 15.09.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Sara Davison

Victims will often protect their abusers in public for fear of any repercussions at home. They will act the loving couple so that nobody suspects and even to convince themselves that things are not as bad as they are. It is often only when the abuse has gone too far and there is no way back that the victim will confide in a close friend or family member.

Turns Out The Expression 'Happy Wife, Happy Life' Could Be True

Eureka / The Huffington Post UK | Posted 15.09.2014 | UK Lifestyle

It's been uttered a gazillion times by men across the globe and now it looks like the expression "happy wife, happy life" could actually ring true wit...

Where Did I Sign Up for This?

Kim Davies | Posted 12.09.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Kim Davies

Where did I sign up for the indentured servitude that is picking up everyone else's undies, wee-sodden pull ups and a shipwrecked flotilla of toenail clippings from the bathroom floor?

Putting a Ring on It

Rae Mullins | Posted 12.09.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Rae Mullins

Wedding bells are on their way out - we mere mortals should expect to hear just a faint tingle of their quaint ding-dong. Yet I, along with many others, will be donning a white dress and saying 'I do' in just under a year's time. So why, quite frankly, do we bother?

Does Not Wanting Marriage and Children Make Me a Bad Person?

Ceren Senkul | Posted 09.09.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Ceren Senkul

All I can think about is how a baby will affect their life. How will it affect their career? Will their relationship hold out long enough for the child to be brought up in a secure environment? Will they ever sleep again? Was it planned? Why have they done this? And so young.

How Do You Know When You Are Headed for Divorce - What Are the Signs?

Sara Davison | Posted 26.08.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Sara Davison

There are all warning signs that you need to STOP and FOCUS on your marriage. It will not fix itself. You need to take time out if you want to avoid things getting worse. If you leave them too long then you will head towards what I call the "switch flicking moment". This is the point of no return when something just changes and you no longer feel that attraction to your partner.

'Helping Other Terminally Ill People Get Married Gets Me Out Of Bed' Says Woman With Breast Cancer

The Huffington Post UK | Rachel Moss | Posted 26.08.2014 | UK Lifestyle

Naomi Thomas' life has dramatically changed since she was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2009 - but instead of letting the disease get the better of ...

If Your Partner Is Your Only Friend, You Need to Get a Life

Tracy Buchanan | Posted 12.08.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Tracy Buchanan

If you're one of those people who spouts off about not needing friends because your partner is your best friend or because you're too busy, widen your horizons. Become an individual. Don't get into that unhealthy trap.

Is Walking Down the Aisle the New Trend for the Over Sixties?

Sara Davison | Posted 12.08.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Sara Davison

It appears that the baby boomers have decided to shake up old age and are now opting for married life again rather than a blue rinse or a pair of slippers. According to latest figures from the Office for National Statistics marriage rates have risen for people in their sixties.

Interview With a Husband

Eva | Posted 12.08.2014 | UK Lifestyle

My interview with a husband age 40, married with three children. What do you want out of your relationship? ... Great sex and regularly, trust, fun, shared goals and morals, laughter, a sense of adventure.

Degrees and Decrees: Divorce More Common Where Woman More Educated

Vanessa Lloyd Platt | Posted 04.08.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Vanessa Lloyd Platt

Divorces over here amongst highflyers have never been so acute. This in turn has led to many counsellors actively advising women to try to dumb themselves down in their relationships because men are finding women who are more intelligent and earning more than them entirely threatened to their psyche and male ego.

Engaged and Confused: A Man's Guide to Marriage - Part 3: A Decent Proposal 1 of 2

Alex Smith | Posted 03.08.2014 | UK Comedy
Alex Smith

For those of you concerned, I had my hair cut around five days before the big proposal to ensure the hair had settled well into the new cut. Now you can all relax and enjoy this post as opposed to fretting over the possibility that my freshly cut hair wouldn't be up to the challenge.

Your Partner May Not Be As Faithful As You Think....

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 01.08.2014 | UK Lifestyle

Have you ever kept a secret from your spouse? You're not the only one. According to research by a law firm, a fifth of married people have a secret...

Educated Women Are Less Threatening to Their Husbands - Apparently

Suzy Miller | Posted 01.08.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Suzy Miller

'Marriages in which wives have the educational advantage were once more likely to dissolve, but this association has disappeared in more recent marriage cohorts'... is the only reason that educated women are staying married longer because men are becoming more emotionally intelligent?

This Couple Took A Photobooth Picture For Each Of The 14 Years They've Been Together

The Huffington Post UK | Rachel Moss | Posted 01.08.2014 | UK Lifestyle

When Giles Paley-Phillips and his now wife Michelle popped into a photobooth in October 2000 aged 18 and 23 they'd been dating for a month. They h...

10 Things You Need to Know Before You Contemplate Marriage

Suzi Godson | Posted 31.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Suzi Godson

Men are less emotionally invested in marriage. Research shows that partners who perceive themselves as less emotionally invested, also perceive themselves as having more power in the relationship.

These People Are About To Get The Power To Stop You Getting Married

The Huffington Post UK | Jessica Elgot | Posted 25.07.2014 | UK

Registrars could be given sweeping new powers to refuse to perform marriages they suspect to be "shams" raising fresh fears that genuine weddings coul...

This Man Compiled The Reasons His Wife Gave For Not Having Sex Into A Spreadsheet

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 21.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle

Excel spreadsheets do a fine job of organising your household budget but not, perhaps, to list the date, time and reasons for why your spouse won't ha...

Schoolboy, 9, Renews Vows With Wife, 62 Because That's Not Weird At All

Barcroft Media | Posted 21.07.2014 | UK

A nine-year-old schoolboy has renewed his wedding vows with a wife more than 50 years older than him. Sanele Masilela and Helen Shabangu, 62, tied...

10 Things You Don't Discover Till AFTER Three Months Together, Cheryl

Charlie O'Brien | Posted 13.09.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Charlie O'Brien

So, big congratulations Cheryl Cole! Unless you've been hiding under a big rock (Cheryl's is big enough to hide under actually) or maybe you live in a warm enlightened place where innate showbiz chatter bypasses your life (congratulations) you'll know that Cheryl's gone and married her boyfriend Jean-Bernard Fernandez Versini after just THREE MONTHS of knowing each other.