When my sons, Jacob and Isaac, were just 3 and 1, my husband and I separated.As a child of a divorce, I'd always sworn that I'd never put my kids through that -- yet as it turned out, living paycheck to paycheck and trying to do our own growing up while raising a family proved to be too great a strain on our marriage: It bent, cracked, and finally broke.Even if my husband and I didn't get along, we were both still deeply invested in the minutiae of running our family.Then one day, my best friend and co-parent was gone from my life. Okay, that was an exaggeration -- but it's how it felt at the time, and it prompted me into action.
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Your grandfather married the girl next door, and your mother tied the knot with her college sweetheart. But in the last half century, we've seen lots of changes: interracial and interfaith couples, gay and lesbian couples, and the older woman with the younger man -- a union that mirrors the older man-younger woman pairing.
But you may very well find your mate through the Internet or in a neighboring cubicle. Now, according to experts who spoke to Web MD, a 21st century union may involve a couple that falls in love at work, now that the office romance is losing its stigma.
Some visit every weekend, others, every few months.
But on average, long-distance couples see each other 1.5 times a month, according to center statistics.