Brigham Young University

Can a stale marriage be saved?

Can a stale marriage be saved?

If you're in a relationship and managed to get past the seven-year itch, there's no reason to be relieved.

You still need to get through the 10-year slump and a 30-year divorce peak.

To say that marriage is hard work is an understatement.

"Marriage is messy and complicated, especially when we share space with another person, tie our finances together, negotiate sexuality and countless other decisions that daily life demands, to say nothing of adding children or stepchildren to the picture," said Harriet Lerner, psychologist and author of "Marriage Rules." "It's normal for couples to move in and out of boredom — or conflict for that matter — at...