Modern Marriages: What Do People Want?

July 7, 2015
Hosted by Virginia L. Colin, Ph.D.

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In this era of millennials delaying marriage, gray divorces, frankly open marriages, and same-sex marriages, what questions should prospective brides and grooms ask each other before they marry? Different people have different reasons for marrying and different goals for their marriages. Should almost everyone create a written contract to describe their promises to each other in their marriage? How often should a couple revisit their marital contract? What definitions of success make sense in modern marriages? Susan Pease Gadoua and Vicki Larson, authors of “The New I Do: Reshaping Marriage for Skeptics, Realists and Rebels,” describe seven different marital models they have uncovered in research and interviews.

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Virginia L. Colin, Ph.D.

Virginia L. Colin, Ph.D.

Virginia L. Colin, Ph.D is an author, speaker, professional family mediator, Director of Colin Family Mediation Group, and a Founding Member of the Academy of Professional Family Mediators (APFM).

Having survived a nightmarish divorce, Dr. Colin actively supports divorce reform efforts, teaching people how to take a lot of the pain, financial cost, acrimony, and trauma out of divorce. She also loves learning and teaching about building healthy relationships and solving family problems long before anyone has a reason to consider divorce. She has been a foster parent, a married parent, a divorced single parent, and a remarried stepparent.

Formerly a research psychologist studying attachment and other aspects of human development, Dr. Colin has been providing family mediation services since 1999. She specializes in helping couples and ex-couples develop co-parenting plans and financial agreements that support their children’s security, self-confidence, and healthy development as well as their own adult well-being.

Dr. Colin has published two books, “Human Attachment" and "The Guide to Low-Cost Divorce in Virginia: How to Do It Yourself.” She has also written a variety of articles published in journals and on the Internet.

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