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If at first you don't succeed…

By Kristin Wong Dec 19, 2012 3:47PM

The Heart Beat is excited to introduce our new weekly feature, "True love stories." Each week, a couple with a truly amazing love story will be profiled. If you know a couple with a story worth sharing, please email us at msnlivingmail@microsoft.com for a chance to be featured.

Divorce is usually the last chapter in a love story gone wrong. But that wasn't true for Robert Worthington and Bev Worsnop, a couple who decided to remarry 30 years after calling it quits.

The couple originally married when Bev was just sixteen years old. Although they were childhood sweethearts, the union only lasted five years.

Photo: Nigel Taggart/Cascade NewsMore on MSN Living: 12 things we learned about love in 2012

 

What do women want? Depends on her age.

By Kristin Wong Dec 18, 2012 4:01PM
Ladies, are the qualities you look for in a partner considerably different than they were when you first started dating? If so, you're not alone.
Youth brings self-discovery, but with age comes wisdom and experience. Thus, it's not surprising that our tastes change as we get older. According to recent research from Match.com, a woman's idea of "the perfect man" at age 24 is drastically different than her definition at age 55.

Photo: Stígur Karlsson/Getty imagesMore on MSN Living: 12 things we learned about love in 2012

 

Many couples ring in the New Year with a split.

By Kristin Wong Dec 17, 2012 5:20PM

January is widely regarded as "divorce month," and for good reason. More divorces are filed in January than any other month.

In fact, there's such a spike in divorce filings after the holidays, professionals prepare themselves for the boom. Divorce lawyer James Gross of law firm Thyden, Gross & Callahan told YourTango:

"Some attorneys take the last two weeks of the year off to get ready for the rush. January really does see a lot of divorces."

Photo: Thomas Northcut/Getty ImagesMore on MSN Living: 12 things we learned about love in 2012

 

Date night plans for those feeling a bit bah-humbug.

By Kristin Wong Dec 14, 2012 4:54PM

Black Friday may be the epitome of yuletide madness, but holiday stress lasts long after the stores stop slashing prices. The holidays have a knack for turning otherwise polite people into gift-grabbing maniacs. Even for the best of us, it's easy to get caught up in the holiday hoopla and forget what matters most—spending time with loved ones.

Photo: Andreas Pollok/Getty ImagesAnd speaking of loved ones, what better way to ease the holiday strain than to enjoy the season with your significant other? Lucky for you, we've put together five holiday date ideas that will help you de-stress. Break out the eggnog and enjoy!  

Are you dating a stranger?

Written by Cassie Shortsleeve, Men’s Health

According to a new survey conducted by a British beauty retailer, 54 percent of men couldn’t rattle off their partner’s cell phone number, 12 percent didn’t know her D.O.B., and one in 10 didn’t even know her job title. Ouch.

Photo: Abel Mitja Varela/Getty Images

 

Is it possible to stay together during your separation?

By Kristin Wong Dec 13, 2012 4:55PM

In recent years, researchers have been exploring the link between the economic downturn and the rate of divorce, and at least one study shows that divorce rates are lower during a recession. 

Photo: stevecoleimages/Getty ImagesMany couples decide to stay in an unhappy marriage rather than pay for a costly divorce and risk financial ruin. But one expert says he has a solution for couples who want to split but also want to "avoid the myriad costs of divorce." It's been dubbed a consorce, and essentially, it involves estranged couples cohabitating for the sake of their finances—and children.

 

Plus, the top five lies told by both sexes.

By Kristin Wong Dec 12, 2012 4:33PM

Whether it's a little white lie or lying by omission, we're all guilty of stretching the truth. But according to a study, men are more likely to lie than women—kind of. While men are more likely to lie overall, women are more likely to lie in specific situations.

Photo: Maik Kern/Getty ImagesWomen tell an average of 728 lies per year, or approximately two lies a day. Men, on the other hand, tell an average of 1,092 lies a year, or three per day.

 

Some argue there is a link between the Internet and splitting up.

By Kristin Wong Dec 11, 2012 5:13PM

An interesting headline came across the Newswire yesterday, claiming that online dating has caused an increase in divorce rates.

Photo: Moodboard/Getty ImagesThe piece cited two popular blogs -- D8 A Geek and Christ Ambassadors -- that reported the global rise in divorce rate and compared it to the increase in people who are now online dating:

"As the number of Internet dating users has grown, so, too, have the number of divorces," the PRNewswire piece reads. "...Internet dating may have eroded people's commitment to long term relationships due to the sheer amount of choice now available to both the single and attached."

While their conjecture might seem sensible, the piece doesn't cite any research to support their claim. But that doesn't necessarily mean they're wrong.

 
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