Everything we think we know about marriage and divorce is wrong

    Catalyst: Have you ever lamented the fact that the divorce rate was the same in the church? Or that most marriages are just hanging in there, not vibrant and happy? Without realizing it, those of us who have shared that information have been, as Andy Stanley put it in the Foreword to my new book The Good News About Marriage, “A small part of a very large problem.” We have been both accepting and adding to a deep sense of cultural discouragement about marriage. A discouragement that instead of motivating people, leeches hope from marriages. A discouragement that, it turns out, is based more on myth than reality.

  • Posted: 06/12/2015
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  • Category: Marriage & Family
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  • Source: catalystconference.com

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Remarriage in the United States: If at first they don’t succeed, do most Americans “try, try again”?

Divorced dads: For worse, for better

Divorce can mean a trip down the economic ladder for women

The many ways for a marriage to end

We should speak to the homosexual as we do to the divorced

When families fragment, honor the suffering

    Family Studies: If we want to empower young people like Toby, we have to start by honoring their suffering. By that I mean that someone has to know Toby’s name, create a safe space for him to tell his story, and connect him to other communities with webs of belonging, as well as to professionals (for instance, therapists, clergy, and substance abuse counselors) that can help. This process gives a person the experience of “feeling felt,” in psychiatrist Daniel Siegel’s phrase.

  • Posted: 04/01/2015
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  • Category: Marriage & Family
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  • Source: family-studies.org

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“I miss my daddy. Divorce stinks.”

Eight idea for protecting your marriage from divorce

Military divorce rate hits lowest levels in 10 years

Knot Now: The benefits of marrying in your mid-to-late 20s

Are all divorces necessary?

How to lower your risk of divorce: Advice to singles

How cohabitation leads to divorce

What is the divorce rate, anyway?: Around 42 percent, one scholar believes

Two Kansas lawmakers push outlawing ‘revenge porn’

Is a lavish wedding a prelude to divorce?

Same-sex divorce granted by family court judge

On the liberal marriage hypothesis

    The New York Times: The theory that the falling divorce rate (among other indicators) among college-educated Americans is evidence that marriage has been successfully reinvented in the wake of the sexual revolution; that progressive ideas — the acceptance of premarital sex and cohabitation, an egalitarian vision of gender roles in parenting and breadwinning, a stronger emphasis on romantic compatibility and personal fulfillment — have basically been responsible for that reinvention; and that the main cultural force (setting aside economics) preventing working class Americans from embracing this successful reinvention is the unfortunate persistence of traditionalist norms and attitudes about sex and gender roles.

  • Posted: 12/18/2014
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  • Category: Marriage & Family
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  • Source: douthat.blogs.nytimes.com

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Sex and divorce: What’s the connection?

Do people really understand the causes of their own divorces?

Same-sex ‘divorce’ another weapon in marriage battle

Divorce rates may not be as high as you think

Time to challenge no-fault divorce

    First Things: Like the increase in abortions after Roe v. Wade, divorce rates increased significantly with the onset of the policy. As with Roe, there were other contributing factors, especially the sexual revolution, which multiplied the “liberating” effects of the new legal regime. The clear losers in both were children—aborted in ever increasing numbers after Roe, and wounded socially, economically, andspiritually in the wake of no-fault divorce.

  • Posted: 12/08/2014
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  • Category: Marriage & Family
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  • Source: www.firstthings.com

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The divorce surge is over, but the myth lives on

Missouri man denied same-sex divorce appeals

Are the financial pressures of illness contributing to elder divorce?

    Family Studies: Discussions about divorce, family stability, and the like typically focus on individuals and families in their normal childbearing and child-rearing years, and for good reason. Unstable or single-parent families have it tougher in all sorts of ways, and to the degree that their struggles affect future generations, solving their associated problems is all the more important. Indeed, it certainly is not uncommon to hear in conversation, even among those who think poorly of divorce in general, an almost audible relief when divorce occurs without children being involved, either because the couple has not had children or the children are grown and gone.

  • Posted: 12/02/2014
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  • Category: Marriage & Family
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  • Source: family-studies.org

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Study: Children suffer negative effects of divorce

An important religious freedom ruling in Germany

A Biblical vision of marriage

Children’s lives ‘marred’ by same-sex parents’ legal fight

Damnatio Memoria? The Council of Trent and Catholic teaching on divorce

Opposition group turns to stealth and sexism to oppose shared parenting in North Dakota

“I refuse to be silent”: Writer says homosexuality “shattered” her marriage, family

The new focus on children’s rights

The culture wars – have we lost?

Ross Douthat on challenges for the family, designing pro-family policy, and more

What the church can do

Wisconsin couple to Catholic bishops: The church is failing to address marital issues

Facing the Music with Jennifer Knapp

Help, I married the wrong person

Acknowledging the ones who stay: A new approach to studying divorce

The unseen pain behind same-sex marriage

Difficult marriage in a modern age

Divorce law out of sync with same-sex marriage

Is divorce equivalent to homosexuality?

    Russell Moore: This week my denomination, through its executive committee, voted to “disfellowship” a congregation in California that has acted to affirm same-sex sexual relationships. This sad but necessary move is hardly surprising, since this network of churches shares a Christian sexual ethic with all orthodox Christians of every denomination for 2,000 years. One of the arguments made by some, though, is that this is hypocritical since so many ministers in our tradition marry people who have been previously divorced.

  • Posted: 09/25/2014
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  • Category: Marriage & Family
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  • Source: www.russellmoore.com

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ACLU wants to file brief in Mississippi same-sex divorce case

Marriage redefinition and a lifelong commitment

Breaking the silence: Redefining marriage hurts women like me – and our children

What makes a marriage last? A happy wife, according to research

Parental incarceration might be worse for children than parental divorce or death

Gov. Phil Bryant intervenes in same-sex divorce case in DeSoto County

When, and why, divorce hurts kids

“Beta marriage” isn’t a better marriage

Single, Christian, and a child of divorce

Making marriage-minded decisions

New research on why middle-aged women cheat on their husbands

Restoring our faith in marriage

Christian divorce: Does faith really boost chances of a successful marriage?

Why doesn’t living together before marrying decrease the risk of divorce?

Are evangelicals bad for marriage?

Why same-sex couples divorce more than straight couples

The bitter price of divorce

Same-sex divorce allowed only in Douglas County

Gallup: Gay sex, divorce, extramarital sex reach new highs of ‘moral acceptability’

Italy’s Catholic bishops try to put brakes on speedy divorce law

Court hears arguments in same-sex divorce case

Is divorce bad for children?

“Fifty percent of all marriages end in divorce” and other myths

Retreating from marriage is not the answer to our economic problems

Catholic school principal apologizes for comments about divorce, homosexuality made by guest speaker

Penn. legislator introduces legislation to allow divorce of out-of-state same-sex “marriages”

Same-sex divorce filings challenge Indiana’s marriage laws