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Taking a break from marriage while living together

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Updated October 27, Glenda and Jennifer had been married for six years when things started to sour in and the fighting turned bitter and personal.

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They each had two kids from previous marriages and when they started to hit the teenage years the simple stresses of life started to take a toll. The couple knew of friends who had taken a break mid-relationship, so they decided to give it a go rather than walk away. The number of divorces granted in Australia has risen considerably over the last century, but remained relatively steady in recent years, possibly due to fewer Australians choosing to marry. In there were more than 48, divorces granted, with the median length of the marriage being Glenda moved out of the house they had bought together and into a rental.

They divided the furniture and set ground rules around how Taking a break from marriage while living together finances and mortgage were going to be handled.

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Beyond that, however, there we no specific rules or set timeline for how long they'd live their separate lives. Counselling psychologist Lawrie Moloney — who didn't see Jennifer and Glenda — said if couples were to going to take a break it was wise to have a good understanding of what they were hoping to achieve.

And if couples wanted to see other people in this time then they needed to be prepared for another level of complication, he said. Over 18 months Jennifer and Glenda lived apart and said they found clarity when they didn't have to deal with the day-to-day "clutter of life".

They increasingly stayed over and each other's houses and went out together in what amounted to a form of dating. The pair acknowledge their method wouldn't be for everyone, and that it could only work if both people are committed to the idea. Can you please take over from here'.

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But Glenda Taking a break from marriage while living together Jennifer said taking the break was the smartest decision they could have made in the midst of personal anguish.

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Why taking a break could save your struggling relationship 'We were both as devastated as each other and while we both showed 'We live together in a lovely home, have a great relationship with each other and spoke.

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