Missouri residents likely know Mary J. Bilge best for her genre-defining rhythm and blues albums including the Grammy Award-winning 'The Breakthrough", but they may not know that the 46-year-old singer, songwriter and actress is currently mired in a contentious divorce. Bilge filed for divorce in July 2016 after more than a decade of marriage, and celebrity gossip websites have speculated that it was her husband's philandering that prompted her to take legal action.
As Missouri parents whose marriages are ending know, one of the more complicated aspects of a divorce is helping their children through the process. Even before the parents start custody and support negotiations, there are things they can do to support their children as they enter this new stage in their family life.
Some Missouri couples might be arguing more than ever, but it could be over a fairly new conflict according to a study by the polling firm Wakefield Research. The firm conducted a survey of 1,000 people in April and found that 24 percent of couples said they were having more fights than ever before about politics since the election of President Trump.
Getting married can be a wonderful, dizzying experience. Often couples on the precipice of marriage are so busy it is all they can do to prepare for the wedding, so they may not feel like they have time to sit down and create a prenuptial agreement. And some couples simply don't want to jeopardize their relationship by discussing issues that could prove contentious.
Ben Franklin is cited as having said, "Anger is never without a reason, but seldom with a good one." And while these are very sound words, in theory, putting them into practice can be very challenging. The fact is, we all have experiences that can drive us to distraction and even lead us to falling prey to some very negative emotions.