Sunday, August 08, 2010 | 08:12 AM
Ways to Divorceproof Your Marriage
With the divorce rate in the United States through the roof, it's more than possible that you've contemplated your marriage and your breakup all in the same thought. There are a few simple things that you can do to reduce the likelihood that your marriage will end in divorce. Married couple Samantha Bee and Jason Jones at Real Simple shared "10 Ways to Make Your Marriage Divorceproof." We've picked out a few of our favorite tips. "Realize that if you can agree on what constitutes a clean room you can agree on anything" Some of the biggest compromises you'll make in your marriage will have to do with your space. "Fortunately if you can compromise on the red hot-button subject of cleanliness, your marriage is unlikely to be thrown off course by comparatively less volatile topics, like politics, religion and money," Bee and Jones agree. "No Fisticuffs in Public" No bickering in public, Bee and Jones say. "You don't want to be That Couple Who Ruined the Otherwise Delightful Picnic." "Procrastinate" Here's one we may all like. "Put your BlackBerry away and stop worrying about the broken garage-door opener." Bee and smith suggest letting some things slide and going out to dinner or just holding hands. "Have sex with each other" Sex is what separates platonic friendships from romantic ones. You didn't get married to be platonic. "If you can't have sex with each other for some reason, let your spouse know that you are thinking about having sex with him and that you are looking forward to the next time you are both available for sex," Bell and Jones suggest. "If you have to fight, walk and fight" Being "cooped up" in the house together can fuel arguments. Bell and Jones recommend taking your fight for a stroll it might cool things down. Other tips for divorcingfroofing your marriage include understanding that each person needs alone time and thinking before buying gifts for each other. Read the full list at RealSimple.com. What about you? How do you divorceproof your marriage?