UK Marriage

Everybody Wants the Perfect Partner, But Have You Considered This?

Liberty Forrest | Posted 29.05.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Liberty Forrest

Everyone sits down and says the relationship is in trouble and then tells me the many ways in which the other person is lacking. The conversations are always about what's missing between them or how thing have changed, and a litany of the other person's shortcomings, long before they might mention their own contributions.

Top 10 Wedding Tips: Here's How to Organise Your Wedding - Without Losing Your Mind

Liz Marie | Posted 29.05.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Liz Marie

Congratulations, you're getting married! There is no other day in your life that compares with your wedding day. Sure, there are other big events in life that you'll always remember such as graduations, the birth of a child, or holidays of a lifetime, but it's your wedding day that you've probably fantasised about from a young age.

How to Heal a Broken Heart

Katy Horwood | Posted 25.05.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Katy Horwood

In a situation where a person finds themselves 'dumped' the chances are they are unlikely to be of sane enough mind to walk down the street without collapsing in a crumpled heap, much less, select a suitable aromatherapy treatment. They will feel rage, they will feel fury, they will feel a burning resentment and bitterness for every man walking the planet.

Pyschoda Seeks Cuckoo Pint

Samantha van Dalen | Posted 22.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Samantha van Dalen

I have observed the Cuckoo Pint for several years now. This year, the flowers appeared later than usual but were pollinated faster than 2013. The pollination of the flowers occurred in June last year and the fruit ripened in August. We are still in May and the flowers have been pollinated already.

How to Survive the World Cup With Your Relationship Intact

Sarah Abell | Posted 19.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Sarah Abell

If you are married to or going out with someone who loves football and you really don't - then this survival guide is for you.

Investing in Marriage for a Change

Sonja Lewis | Posted 19.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Sonja Lewis

Let's face it, most of us wouldn't dream of taking on any other worthwhile new experience, such as driving or rock climbing, for instance, without some proper training. So why do we get married without preparation? Me included. Thirteen years ago, when I married in my late thirties, I didn't give marriage preparation a second thought.

Common Law Marriage: A Dangerous and Pervasive Myth

James R Brown | Posted 15.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle
James R Brown

When an unmarried couple breaks up - no matter how long they've been together - the poorer partner has no entitlement to any financial settlement from their former other half whatsoever.

Ten Things You Need to Know Before You Create a Step Family

Suzi Godson | Posted 15.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Suzi Godson

The Office of National Statistics has revealed that the number of stepfamilies in the UK dropped from 631,000 in 2001 to 544,000 in 2011, a slump of 14% in just a decade. The drop has been interpreted as a reflection of the difficulties of assimilating children from different families into a new relationship, so if you are planning on doing a Brady Bunch, here's ten things you need to know...

'Married At First Sight' - Channel 4's Latest Social Experiment

Penny Fordham | Posted 09.07.2014 | UK Entertainment
Penny Fordham

But I can't help but feel that the format of 'Married At First Sight' tarnishes that. Just as you may buy an item of clothing to try on at home, decide you don't like it and return it to the shop with your receipt, Channel 4's new show seems to imply marriage is something that can be taken lightly as you can get out of it at the first sign of stormy waters.

Ten Things You Need to Know Before You See a Couple Counsellor

Suzi Godson | Posted 09.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Suzi Godson

Don't try to convince your therapist that you are the 'good one' in the relationship. There isn't a good one in most marriages and you won't make any progress if one, or both of you, refuse to take responsibility for your contribution to the crisis.

'Married At First Sight': Will Channel 4's New TV Show Live Happily Ever After?

Hannah Beckerman | Posted 08.07.2014 | UK Entertainment
Hannah Beckerman

The series is called Married at First Sight and it does pretty much what it says on the tin: it takes two strangers, gets them to marry, gives them six weeks to see if they can make it work and then asks them to decide whether they want to stay together or not.

Should Relationships Really Be Effortless?

Toni Rae | Posted 07.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Toni Rae

I have always said that relationships should be effortless, and that there should be an unstated mutual respect and understanding for one another. For the most part, I still believe this. Relationships can be effortless, and the majority of the time it should be.

Marriage Certificates Are Archaic and Sexist - But We Can Change This

Sara McCorquodale | Posted 07.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Sara McCorquodale

I find it insulting a man who never offered any guidance, support or care somehow wormed his way into my wedding day, but I could deal with it if my mum at least had the same recognition.

Why Men Need to Be Alone - and Why Normal Women Don't Get It

Toni Rae | Posted 02.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Toni Rae

Am I the only woman confused here? Look I am all for men having their time and being so damn sneaky about it. Trust me, we all need breaks from each other, both men and women. But what if men could figure out a way around this? A way to both please the lady and please themselves.

Slow Clap for Institutional Homophobia in Northern Ireland

Conor Penn | Posted 01.07.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Conor Penn

We should not need to have this conversation. Homophobia is rife not only in our schools, workplaces, streets and homes, but now it is bolstered by those whom we have elected to act ostensibly in our best interests.

Five Things I'm Learning About Married Love

Imogen Massey | Posted 28.06.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Imogen Massey

Married for three months now, my husband and I are already learning important lessons about our marriage that will help form the basis of how our love for each other develops and grows over the years to come. Reflecting on lessons learned so far, here are five things that have struck me as particularly significant since saying 'I Do'.

'Some People Walk in the Rain, Others Just Get Wet' - Roger Miller

Amy Anka | Posted 27.06.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Amy Anka

I recall the day my former husband moved out of our home. Over 3 months ago now. I spent a large portion of the day in tears. I was beside myself. That's a funny term. Being beside ourself. I guess because sadness is not our true state.

Why the Government's Divorce Reforms Will Lead to More Prolonged and Costly Separations

James R Brown | Posted 23.06.2014 | UK Lifestyle
James R Brown

Mediation involves couples holding discussions, led by a trained mediator, to reach agreements out of court, which can then be made legally binding and enforceable by a court order. It's long been a favourable option for couples who are willing, and able, to reach an agreement without discussions becoming clouded by emotion.

10 Things You Should Know About Emotional Affairs

Suzi Godson | Posted 22.06.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Suzi Godson

Emotional affairs do not necessarily include sex and can even occur over the Internet between two people who have never met face to face, but the effects can be just as devastating to relationships as sexual affairs- sometimes even more so.

Three Whole Days With the Mother-In-Law...Happy Easter

Malminder Gill | Posted 17.06.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Malminder Gill

Try to see the best in her -Your mother in laws intentions are probably positive but these may be heavily disguised in negative comments, actions and judgements. Maybe she is a little jealous of you and her son, maybe she is jealous of your youth or anxious for you to like her.

Accepting My Husband's 'Maleness'

Joanne Toner | Posted 10.06.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Joanne Toner

As an educated woman, I was fervent on being a success, earning my own money, whilst maintaining a good level of health, fitness, an active social life and when the time was right - we'd decide when to start a family, where we would both play an equal role as co-parents. I realise now that this was an unrealistic expectation.

Conscious Uncoupling, Exposed

Miranda Wilson | Posted 09.06.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Miranda Wilson

We've formed an illogical connection between love, and anger, fear and drama. Our minds believe that less demonstrative behavior means we love each other less. Yet, when partners behave without fighting and jealousy, it speaks of their own self-love and security in the relationship.

Breaking Away From Expectations

Charlotte Ballantyne | Posted 07.06.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Charlotte Ballantyne

Our society is built around expectations. Expectations as to how we look, how we behave, the type of job we should have, the type of person we should marry, the trajectory our life should take. Often these aren't even conscience thoughts about a person, just things we naturally assume to be the case. But why?

Not Married? You Must Be Alone

Kitiara Pascoe | Posted 28.05.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Kitiara Pascoe

That just undermines the perfectly valid and wholly committed relationships of all those out there who aren't married for whatever reason - maybe we aren't 'waiting' exactly, we just have better things to do.

Once Bitten, Twice Shy: Marriage, Uncertainty and the Divorce Deterrent

Vicki McLynn | Posted 27.05.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Vicki McLynn

Every day, I am confronted with individuals whose lives are shifting - from being single to becoming a spouse, from married life through divorce and for parents seeing their children every day to a more infrequent basis.