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Marilyn’s marriage advice

Marilyn Stowe’s book Divorce & Splitting Up: Advice from a Top Divorce Lawyer, now in its second edition, provides a detailed guide to all aspects of the divorce process including legal and personal advice from someone who has seen it all.

In this extract, she discusses how to deal with your feelings if your marriage hits a rough patch. Is it worth trying to make it work or would you be better off bringing the relationship to an end?

Talk to one another! Discuss your feelings. Take your time; don’t rush. Explain why you are so morose, sullen and uncommunicative. Discuss how saving your marriage can preserve the set up you thought would be there forever.

Don’t expect miracles, but don’t let anger take over. Don’t lay blame. It’s a waste of time. Remember what brought you together in the first place. Look for the good in one another, rather than the bad. Can you still laugh together? Have you really reached the end of the road? Or has the road turned a sharp corner? Don’t look back. Look forward. Your spouse may not be worth staying with. A Leopard doesn’t change its spots.

Not everyone is emotionally strong enough to take the pain for continuing gain. Not everyone believes that the ups and downs of years spent with an equal partner are worth preserving. Not everyone should decide that sometimes – just sometimes – what we have only becomes really valuable when we are about to lose it.

And if it is just too late for this, and you know or feel that your relationship cannot, should not or will not go on? If that’s the case, don’t let guilt cloud your decision and give yourself permission to go.  It’s your life and all the other members of your family will adapt. Whilst I didn’t create this situation, it’s my job to help you get there as best I can.

The blog team at Stowe is a group of writers based across our family law offices who share their advice on the wellbeing and emotional aspects of divorce or separation from personal experience. As well as pieces from our family law solicitors, guest contributors also regularly contribute to share their knowledge.

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  1. Dr Grumpy says:

    It doesn’t help if your wife has not been open and honest with you! Being a lesbian is not a crime but marrying someone and having 3 children with him when you are, is at best deceitful! I was lied to. I lent legitimacy to her

  2. asif says:

    many time women lying and get sympathy and play with lo-pole of domestic violence law. men normally not complain, but women lie and blame 75% extra what happen because they know if they make complain first so investigation start only against men there is no parallel investigation system in the law. and its happening specially in pakistani and indian community.

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