When married couples decide to part ways, the ensuing process can be a tumultuous time in their lives. No matter how amicable, divorce can be stressful. Not only is the relationship ending but couples face any number of issues such as property division, asset division and, potentially, child custody disputes.
A study performed by Michigan State University found a widening mortality gap between married and unmarried people. The information in the MSU study bodes well for those in marriages, but unfortunately, not all marriages last - with many ending in divorce.
My husband recently bought us a tandem bike to ride -- a sleek, black Cannondale, to be exact. We used to mountain bike together but I no longer have the physical stamina to do so and he was tired of riding alone. So we thought we'd try the tandem. The "test drive" consisted of soft pedaling around a subdivision. It was warm and sunny and the balmy weather must have gone to my head because I failed to notice (as I later would) that the seat was too low, the handlebars too high and the bike was just damn uncomfortable. But on that day, feeling giddy from the sunshine and the idea of having something fun to do with my husband, I said "why not?" when my husband asked if we should buy it.