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What are several reasons why some relationships end in divorce? When there is conflict, what are some ways in repairing and enhancing marital relationships? Are there times when a divorce lawyer may be needed to settle family disputes or breakups?
“divorce yourself from” = separate yourself completely from something
“Unless you divorce yourself from your work, you’ll never have time for your wife and family.”
“part ways” = separate or break up
“We decided to part ways instead of getting married. There were just too many differences between us.”
A. Listen to the recording and answer the questions.
Tonya: What? Phil You've only been married two months. What's going on?
Phil: Well, okay, okay. She's always telling me to put the toilet seat . . .
Phil: And I now only have one picture of my (old) girlfriend in my wallet. I got rid of the other three last week.
Tonya: What is wrong with you? Phil, be quiet and listen, Phil. What is wrong with you? You have a really screwy way of thinking about this.
Tonya: A divorce lawyer is the last thing you need; maybe she needs one, but you don't. You're going to have some financial problems. You haven't see anything yet. I think you guys really need to get some marriage counseling; you've got to work on these problems, Phil.
Do the vocabulary quizzes with the words from the conversation for more practice:
Some people assume that love often diminishes over time in a relationship; however, what are at least three things that couples can do to maintain and enhance a loving relationship, whether you have been together for one week or fifty years?
When problems surface in a relationship, it is often the tendency to talk about our problems with family and friends. However, in many cases, these people might not be the best people with whom to discuss problems because they lack the training to provide the right type of counseling. Therefore, what resources are available in your local community that offer marriage or relationship counseling? Are there any stereotypes or stigmas associated with getting outside help to help people in relationships? Use the Internet to research these questions.