When is the “right time” to separate?

Maybe you know you need to end your marriage, but you can’t quite figure out the “right time” to do it. If so, you’re far from alone.  It’s important to realize that the “right” timing depends so much on your individual circumstances, and that it’s not always practical, or even possible, to end it when […]

How to Negotiate Your Way To A Better Relationship With Just About Anyone

    To have a successful relationship of any kind – whether it’s with a romantic partner, a friend, a colleague, or anyone else, good negotiation skills are an absolute must. No matter how much you love, like, or respect someone, weak negotiation skills will eventually erode any relationship and threaten the positive foundation on which […]

Can Your Marriage Be Fixed, or Should You End It?

Just as gym memberships spike each January, so do calls to divorce lawyers. It’s prime resolution time right now; whether the goal is shedding extra pounds or casting off the dead weight of a bad relationship, there’s no time like the New Year to make much-needed changes in your life. But there’s obviously one big, […]

5 “Fight Traps” That Could Be Poisoning Your Relationship

Fights are a healthy part of every relationship, right?  Wrong. There’s a huge difference between a respectful disagreement and a “fight”.  The former is healthy; the latter – not so much.  Fights, in fact, can be very destructive. In a “fight”, the objective is to beat the other person, or to win.  But does it […]

Why Living Beyond Your Means Can Mean Big Relationship Trouble

Debt is a huge problem for families these days.  In recent weeks, newspapers like Toronto’s The Globe and Mail have been highlighting disturbing household finance trends, featuring families with maxed-out credit who are living so close to the line that one missed paycheque has the potential to sink them.  Sadly, these articles come as no surprise to me. In the vast […]