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End of an Era

With last week’s announcement that the Gores are splitting up, the question on everyone’s lips is: Why do long term marriages end?  Couples who stay married for life experience four different marriages.  The first marriage is an experiment.  Everything is new, they’re newlyweds, they’re figuring things out.  In the second marriage they’ve chosen a mate to breed and rear children with. In the third marriage the couple learns how to live in an empty nest and the fourth marriage is about companionship, having the right partner to grow old with.  So the question should be, have you chosen the right partner to grow old with?

After 37 years of marriage, Sue Plumtree, from Richmond, Surrey, left her husband five years ago. “When I was packing up to leave, I found journals from 1982 and the first page was a list of the reasons I finally left my husband. So I knew even then but had been in deep denial for years.”

This article from takes a look at why some marriages end after decades.

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