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Can This Marriage Be Saved?

Find out if expert relationship advice can fix the common problems these couples face. This long-time column from Ladies Home Journal lives on here on DivineCaroline.
Dave is conservative; Lani is free-spirited. Where Dave feels comfortable, Lani feels tethered. With the added stress of health problems and infertility, this couple was at their breaking point. Can this marriage be saved?
Sue is devastated that Carl is having an affair with his high school girlfriend, whom he found on Facebook. Carl is sorry for being unfaithful and wants to work it out with Sue. Can this marriage be saved?
When Trevor's sister suddenly died, he and his partner Alison were charged with the care of her 4-year-old son. Devastated, Trevor retreated into himself, leaving Alison to handle motherhood alone. Can this relationship be saved?
Ellie feels that Kevin puts his child's needs before hers; he says that his wife is too demanding. What happens when a husband is torn between two loves? Can this marriage be saved?
After going bankrupt, Ryan and Carrie needed each other more than ever, but they were too angry and overwhelmed to realize it. Can this marriage be saved?
Kim feels betrayed by Nick's gambling addiction. Can this marriage be saved?
Kathy is disgusted by Brad's addiction to porn and cybersex, and doesn't know if she will ever trust him again. Brad feels ashamed and isn't sure if he can change. Can this marriage be saved?
When Didi found out she was in premature ovarian failure, she and Mark had to decide whether adoption or in vitro fertilization was right for them. They fought constantly about it. Can this marriage be saved?
Bob couldn't understand why Karen was depressed, and he wanted her to "snap out of it." Could he give his wife the sympathy and comfort she needed?
Kimberly and Jeff agreed their children needed a full-time parent, but they couldn't agree on anything else. Can this marriage be saved?
The same counselors who help the couples you read about in "Can This Marriage Be Saved?" are ready to answer your questions about making your relationship the best it can be. This month, LHJ Contributing Editor, Sondra Forsyth, talks to... more
Rachel is struggling with a debilitating disorder, but Adam, in his own way, is suffering, too. Can this marriage be saved?
Nancy and Seth desperately want a child, but the stress of infertility is hurting their marriage. Can this marriage be saved?
Christopher loves being able to work from home and be involved with the family more, but Beth just feels like he's always in the way. Can this marriage be saved?
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The same counselors who help the couples you read about in "Can This Marriage Be Saved?" are ready to answer your questions about making your relationship the best it can be. This month, our Contributing Editor, Sondra Forsyth, talks to... more
Meg and John fought about their finances constantly. John was always spending and Meg was always working to compensate. Can this marriage be saved?
When one woman's husband lost his job, he fell into an extended slump. She sought the help of a "Can This Marriage be Saved?" counselor to get some answers.
For their kids' sakes, Holly and Steve Hale stayed in contact after ending their marriage. And it was while they were apart that they learned how to be together again.
Scott really wants Jan to return to her career so she can help support the family and feel fulfilled, but Jan feels unsure and doesn't think she can do it. Can this marriage be saved?
When her husband got a promotion, she was thrilled until she found out they'd have to move their family from Boston to San Francisco. They fight about it daily. Can this marriage be saved?
Laura and Mark adopted a baby boy and had him home for two weeks before his birth mother took him back. They were devastated and their relationship suffered as a result. Can this marriage be saved?
Feeling misunderstood by her husband Brian, Christine drove cross-country and had a week-long affair with her ex-boyfriend. But Brian wasn't ready to give up. Can this marriage be saved?
Gordon, a corporate attorney, worked long, strenuous hours to provide a good life for his family. But in the end, his health and his marriage paid the price. Charlene just wants him to slow down. Can this marriage be saved?
She spent their life savings at the casino. Can this marriage be saved?
Their fights got so bad, he eventually moved out — then they learned how to see each other's point of view.
Gillian and Kevin's marriage is undergoing her whirlwind life changes. Can this marriage be saved?
Mark and Lauren blamed each other for their unsuccessful careers and lackluster marriage. They lived their lives as roommates, rarely spending time together. Can this marriage be saved?
He was a Navy reservist who was away for months on end. That made their reunions more rocky than romantic.
Will hostility, a lack of communication, and career failure tear Marcy and Howard's marriage apart? Can this marriage be saved?
She's worried about saving for their kids colleges and their retirement, but he wants to move into a bigger house. Can this couple find financial balance? Can this marriage be saved?
John and Kathy both agree that John's mother is out of control, but they disagree on how to handle her. Can this marriage be saved?
Having survived two unhappy relationships, Todd was slow to trust again. But Cheryl needed a husband who was there for her, both physically and emotionally.
Kathleen was fed up with Mike's chronic lateness, procrastination, and forgetfulness, but Mike swore he wasn't messing up on purpose. Could he ever change?
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Unsurprisingly, Greg came back from the Middle East a changed man. He was having trouble adjusting to home life, and Maggie was having trouble adjusting to the new Greg. Can this marriage be saved?
When Michael and Annette's children moved back home, Michael said the kids needed to find themselves, but Annette thought they should move on — and out. How did they find harmony under one roof?
After her ovarian cancer surgery, Abby went on pain killers and never got off. Joe thinks she's addicted. Can this marriage be saved?
Denise and Bill Allenbaugh had put their relationship on the back burner. Could they recapture their once-upon-a-time joy?
Kristina and Steve never thought their different religions would come between them. But having their first child, and facing the holidays, changed everything. Can this marriage be saved?
After Don's business went under, Brenda was the primary caregiver and breadwinner. Stressed, she lashed out at Don about his business failures and he retreated into himself. Can this marriage be saved?
After eight years of marriage, Jim didn't seem to care that Cheryl was bored and lonely. How could she get him to take her — and their marriage — seriously?
Can Matt and Julie stop blaming each other and work on a common goal? Can this marriage be saved?
When Jackie and Mike first got married, Jackie wanted to start a family right away, but Mike wasn't done having his fun.
Robin's and Ted's dog is literally coming between them — in conversation, on the couch and in bed. Can this marriage be saved?
Meghan has always considered her faith central to her life, and important to introduce to her two young girls — but her husband, haunted by the loss of a sibling, wants nothing to do with any church. Can a counselor help this couple... more
Susan is exasperated with her husband and feels like everything Neil says and does is insensitive, but it may actually be because he has Asperger's. Can this marriage be saved?
His binges have become too much for her to bear; her nagging has created a wedge in the marriage. Can this marriage be saved?
She says she's sick of doing all the housework. He says her nagging is bringing him down. Can this marriage be saved?
Can Maureen learn to love the new man her husband Jack has become since he's returned from war?
Maria hates that her husband is so old-fashioned and won't let her follow her dreams or be a modern woman. José thinks he is acting perfectly fine since he provides for his family. Can this marriage be saved?
Drew wants to settle down and start a family. But Maxine isn't ready to put her career on the back burner. Can this marriage be saved?
The strain of taking care of Claire's ailing father has taken its toll on their marriage. Can they get past the stress?
Sharon can't bear to get rid of all the things that have piled in up in her home, but Brian is starting to feel resentful and angry that she can't just throw out her clutter. Can this marriage be saved?
Brad had patiently waited for the day that Natalie could finally have sex. But when she continued to put off seeking the necessary counseling, Brad reached the end of his rope. Can this marriage be saved?
Kiera's endometriosis caused severe mood swings, a short temper, and chronic pain that did a number on her sex life with Ryan. Can this marriage be saved?
The same counselors who help the couples you read about in "Can This Marriage Be Saved?" are ready to answer your questions about making your relationship the best it can be. This month, our Contributing Editor, Sondra Forsyth, talks to... more
Once they started a family, they stopped having sex. Can this marriage be saved?
Sean was always pushing Patty for sex. She resented his bedroom bullying but never said no, and retaliated in other ways. Can a couple survive such a serious sexual stalemate? Can this marriage be saved?
The same counselors who help the couples you read about in "Can This Marriage Be Saved?" are ready to answer your questions about making your relationship the best it can be. This month, our Contributing Editor, Sondra Forsyth, talks to... more
Can they reignite their sex life after years of neglect? Can this marriage be saved?
Matt lost his job when the company he worked for was bought out; then, only months later, Matt was laid off again, sending him into a spiral of depression. Laura wants to be sympathetic but can't run the house alone. Can this marriage be... more
Lane and Angela used to have a great love life. What makes a man lose interest? Can this marriage be saved?
Kathy feels as though Phil keeps secrets from her and doesn't keep his promises. Phil wants Kathy to calm down and trust him. Can this marriage be saved?
Like millions of other infertile couples, Katie and Bob were overwhelmed by grief, anger and blame. Can this marriage be saved?
Lisa wants her husband to help with all the demands of having a special-needs child, but Phil thinks it puts a strain on their relationship. Can this marriage be saved?
Sean and Amy have just become new parents, but Amy is far from feeling joyful. Can this marriage be saved?
Stacey and Patrick had opposite parenting styles. While Stacy was warm, fuzzy and spontaneous, Patrick was strict and disciplined. They fought constantly. Can this marriage be saved?
Blending children from previous marriages is putting a strain on this new union. Can this marriage be saved?
Can she overcome a turbulent relationship with his daughter? Can this marriage be saved?
Randi thinks her husband Brett is in denial about their son's autism; he says she worries too much. Can this marriage be saved?
Kate and her husband, Jack, have come to loggerheads on how involved they should be in their children's lives. Can this marriage be saved?
Meg resents having to take care of her grown daughter and thinks it's ruined her relationship with her husband, as well. Sean thinks she should lighten up...can this marriage be saved?
A sick daughter's ongoing illness highlighted parenting differences — can this couple overcome the tension? Can this marriage be saved?
The same counselors who help the couples you read about in "Can This Marriage Be Saved?" are ready to answer your questions about making your relationship the best it can be. This month, our Contributing Editor, Sondra Forsyth, talks to... more
Nick once swept Patty off her feet — but now, she says, he spends his time charming other women. Nick angrily insists that Patty's jealousy is crazy. Can this marriage be saved?
Will Cheryl and Gary get past his long-term infidelity? Can this marriage be saved?
She says he's a wimpy dad. He says she's making him choose between his kids and their marriage.
Infertility and infidelity push Brent and Anna to test the limits of their union. Can this marriage be saved?
Greg and Diane are still reeling from the damage of Greg's long-term infidelity. Can they move on from the past? Can this marriage be saved?
Sheila hoped Will would be a father figure to her daughter. But fights over parenting are tearing them apart. Can this marriage be saved?
She just had a baby and is exhausted. Can Mia find more time for Carson — and will he give up porn? Can this marriage be saved?
After their physically handicapped son was born, Isabella and Scott's sex life disappeared completely. So, Scott turned to escort services and couldn't figure out how to stop. Can this marriage be saved?
Beth feels like her husband's constant attention to his son is putting a strain on their marriage, but Jack wishes Beth would respect their relationship. Can this marriage be saved?
She says he's having phone sex with other women. He says she won't sleep with him anymore. Can this marriage be saved?
Peter cheated on Ericka with a young, beautiful woman he met at the gym Ericka owns. This isn't the first time Ericka has been cheated on and she's crushed. Can this marriage be saved?
After finding out their son had ADHD, Emily and Kenny started fighting about everything, beginning with how to treat their son's disorder. Can this marriage be saved?
Jenny was frustrated with her marriage and overwhelmed with the responsibility of home schooling her children. When an old flame showed her a little affection, she began an affair that almost cost her marriage to Tom.
Krista and Jeff both lost spouses they loved before they met. Can a couple with happy first-marriage memories find success the second time around? Can this marriage be saved?
Sherry is fed up with Mark's not-so-subtle comments about her weight, but Mark is concerned about Sherry's and daughter Ashley's health. Can this marriage be saved?
He says she smokes pot every day and it's a problem. She says he never talks to her and their sex life is nonexistent. Can this marriage be saved?
Kate and Phil's children left for college and Kate is suffering from a bad case of empty nest syndrome. Phil is also sad but struggles to communicate his emotions. Can this marriage be saved?
Adrienne feels she can't compete with Bob's exciting career and chic colleagues. Can this marriage be saved?
Caring for her parents and children and working full-time had left Pam feeling overwhelmed. She blamed Ross for his busy work schedule and lack of responsibility and emotionally cheated on him with a coworker. Can this marriage be saved?
Can this couple balance his desire for a picture-perfect holiday with her tendency to avoid all of the season's trappings? Can this marriage be saved?
Nikki and Steve's relationship has dissolved into a string of arguments. Can this marriage be saved?
Heidi, a busy management consultant, sent Brett frequent text reminders of chores to accomplish during the day, but she never took the time to ask him how he was. Can this marriage be saved?
After they had a baby, Carly and Matt started fighting constantly. Carly turned to an old friend for emotional support that eventually turned into an affair. Now, Matt wants out. Can this marriage be saved?
The couple felt as if they'd lost their connection years ago, and their son's imminent departure exacerbated the stress. Could they get through it?
After a mini-stroke, Bill was forced to leave his job and go on disability; he fell into a deep depression. Rhonda is sympathetic, but feels neglected and lonely. Can this marriage be saved?
Can Megan live with her husband, Tom, who acts more like a roommate?
She discovered his confessions of unhappiness on the computer. Will they work it out face to face? Can this marriage be saved?
Brian and Jenny always dreamed of owning their own restaurant, but when that dream came true, the stress caused their relationship to crumble. Can this marriage be saved?
Jessica is a lawyer who constantly travels for work; her husband, Michael, is an accountant who constantly questions his wife's fidelity. Can this marriage be saved?
Eve is tired of Ben's drinking and unpredictable hot temper and wants a divorce, but Ben wants time to right his wrongs and save the family. Can this marriage be saved?
Sara is nagging and controlling. Tom is lazy and passive-aggressive. Can this marriage be saved?
When Elizabeth and Kevin relocated to be closer to Kevin's ex-wife, they thought it would be easier for everyone, but it's ruining their relationship. Can this marriage be saved?
Mallory feels suffocated by Robert's constant need for affection and Robert is tired of being rejected time and time again. Can this marriage be saved?
Sarah and Josh had the perfect relationship until they got married. Why was living together much easier than being married? Can this marriage be saved?
Seth's endless comments about Liz's weight have put a strain on their marriage. Can this marriage be saved?
Greg runs ultramarathons — a hobby that consumes all of his free time — leaving Emily feeling lonely and abandoned. She wants a divorce. Can this marriage be saved?
She needs personal space, he needs constant attention. Can this marriage be saved?
Sheila is a busy business executive and Glenn is an overwhelmed stay-at-home dad. Both of them were feeling exhausted and under-appreciated. Can this marriage be saved?
He's an even-tempered man, unless he's behind the wheel. She's worried about his safety and the safety of their children, but how can she get him to calm down when he's driving?
Rob's old-fashioned mother is constantly inserting herself into Rob and Kim's business. She wants him to set boundaries. He wants her to be more respectful. Can this marriage be saved?
When he comes home from work, all he wants to do is watch TV. But after a day of taking care of kids, all she wants is adult companionship. How can they balance their needs?
While her husband was away, she got used to doing it all herself. When he returned from his tour of duty, she didn't know how to adjust. Can this marriage be saved?
Peter feels like he will always be in the shadow of his wife's deceased first husband, but Cheryl insists that she is just grieving and she loves Peter. Can this marriage be saved?
Lisa thinks her husband is a tightwad who's too obsessed with the finances, but Drew thinks they just need to be careful how they spend. Can this marriage be saved?
Judy doesn't feel as attractive as she used to be around Ted, who still charms women. Ted thinks Judy is just being insecure and doesn't realize his flirting is innocent. Can this marriage be saved?
Jack feels like Pam treats him like he doesn't matter when he comes home from business trips, but Pam feels like he needs to spend more time with the family and resents the one-night stands he has while traveling. Can this marriage be... more
Ron feels like Jill is a helicopter mom, too overprotective and no fun to be around... but Jill feels like Ron is too laid back and willing to endanger their daughter. Can this marriage be saved?
Ilene feels like Ken never even sympathizes with her after she lost a job she had for 25 years, but Ken feels like she needs to move on with her life and stop dwelling on it. Can this marriage be saved?
When Tam started to notice her husband withdraw from the family, she knew something was wrong but didn't know how to stand up to him. Can this marriage be saved?
With Ted out of work, Lisa and Ted were not making enough money to sustain their lifestyle. And after a number of large expenses, their financial situation worsened. Can this marriage be saved?
Kelly feels like Chad is trying to control her by not supporting her going back to school, but Chad can't let her do it because he is scared of losing her. Can this marriage be saved?
Nick is a New York City police officer, working long and often dangerous hours. Liz is constantly worried about him and overwhelmed with raising three kids alone. Can this marriage be saved?
Amy feels that Jeff's cancer is putting a strain on their marriage, and Jeff thinks she's too anxious and not supportive of him. Can this marriage be saved?
On the tenth anniversary of his wedding to Liz, Larry admitted he'd fallen for his younger, fitter coworker and gym buddy. He was glad to finally come clean, but Liz can't get past it. Can this marriage be saved?
With her ex-husband coming back into the picture and her teen daughter stirring up trouble, Lisa's second marriage started to crumble. When the situation didn't improve, Lisa and John sought help. Can this marriage be saved?
Few couples are psychologically and financially prepared to care for a severely disabled child, and Kim and Brad were no different. With all of their energy going to their children, the couple had neglected their relationship entirely. Can... more
When her husband got sick, Abby fell happily into his caretaker role. But after he got better, she felt useless and he felt smothered by her family. Can this marriage be saved?
Ann thinks the bad relationship with her stepdaughter is ruining her marriage, but Bill thinks it is Ann's fault and can't understand why she can't just get along with his daughter. Can this marriage be saved?
Emily feels like her husband Joe has lost his spark and now finds him unattractive, but Joe thinks she just refuses to see the good traits in him. Can this marriage be saved?
Gaby's husband Greg was an angry and critical man; and he only got worse when Gaby got unexpectedly pregnant with a fourth child. Can this marriage be saved?
While Hallie traveled for work Ted found comfort in the arms of a mutual friend. Can this marriage be saved?
Carolyn still thinks they should try every option but Barry just doesn't want to talk about it anymore. Can this marriage be saved?
Sue thinks her mother-in-law interferes too much with her family life but Bill doesn't see anything wrong. Can this marriage be saved?
Linda and Josh knew their relationship wasn't working, but they couldn't agree on a solution or even the problem. Will egos get in the way of their 15-year union? Can this marriage be saved?
Gloria can't stand sports, but her husband is a sports fanatic and always has a game on the TV. Can the two find some common ground? Can this marriage be saved?
Hurricane Katrina uprooted Bob and Sue's family, leaving them without their home, jobs, and many of their friends. Even long after the storm, the stress is taking a toll on their relationship. Can this marriage be saved?
After the birth of their second child, she can't stand his sexual advances. Can this marriage be saved?
Her jealous suspicions of infidelity are driving this couple apart. Can this marriage be saved?
Their mismatched priorities are dissolving this couple's relationship. Can this marriage be saved?
A stressful renovation project has put this couple's relationship on the rocks. Can this marriage be saved?
Her chronic illness is taking a toll on their relationship. Can this marriage be saved?
Grief and lack of communication has torn this couple apart. Can this marriage be saved?
He's a successful attorney who makes enough money to pay for his designer suits, but pulls the purse strings closed for his wife. Can this marriage be saved?
When a husband's job problems rock a marriage, it's time for the counselor to intervene. Can this marriage be saved?
Disagreements over money and how to spend it are taking a toll on Terry's and Charlie's marriage. Can this marriage be saved?