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Fabafterfifty: Relationships

Whether we are happily single, married, divorced, widowed or separated, relationships and families are always the most important aspects of our lives.

How do we assess our own relationships  once the children have left home? Back in the dating game? – how do we go about meeting a new partner?  How do we react to the changing needs of family members.

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  1. The first steps to take when your divorce is inevitable

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    Article By Peter Jones, founder of Jones Myers family law specialist    The realisation that divorce is inevitable can result in wide-ranging emotions spanning despair, frustration – and fear of starting all over again. It is very rare that the person instigating the break up, or the partner who is being left, are prepared for the collapse of the marriage. Embarking on a life-changing path can seem a daunting and difficult journey. The steps below will help you to start and manage the divorce process: Check you can apply for a divorce   You must be married for over a year before starting divorce proceedings. Your marriage must be recognised by UK law and in most instances you or your partner will be living in England or Wales when making an application. You will also need to produce your marriage certificate. Establish...
  2. What to wear when you start dating over 50

    Article by Ceri Wheeldon When it comes to dressing for your dating journey it is best to be prepared! The last thing you want when you have a date in the diary is to panic about what to wear. Better to plan ahead.  I was watching an old episode of friends recently where Rachel was accusing Monica of ruining her ‘third date sweater’. So we know that she planned her  dating wardrobe!! I spent many years working as a headhunter, and always suggested to my candidates that they planned their wardrobe for a minimum of 3 job interviews, so I suggest you put together at least 3 different outfits to suit the sorts of places you would envisage going to on a first date, and 2 outfits for a second date. Remember...
  3. Parisian Valentines

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    Article by Meredith Keeve  a.k.a. The Wandering Parisian Yes, Valentine’s Day has become an international occasion, even in France there are cards and decorations for Cupid’s fete. However, our Fabulous French Fifty year old knows there is nothing less romantic or inspiring than dinner in a restaurant on the night of February 14th.  A “Holiday Special“ menu, overworked waiters, crowded tables, and a great deal of social pressure do NOT a fun evening make. Much as they decline to go out on Saturday nights (preferring to leave downtown to millennial revelers and tourists) the Parisienne is unlikely to insist on a restaurant dinner for Valentine’s Day. For a truly romantic evening, stay in! First, figure out how much your restaurant meal would set you back, including taxis or parking, and...
  4. The ‘Grey’ Divorce: Why is it Becoming More Common to get Divorced at an Older Age

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    Statistics clearly show that it is now far more common for people to get a divorce at an older age – the “grey” divorce. This doesn’t necessarily mean that the nature of romantic relationships has changed, but is perhaps indicative of a more accepting and liberal society. An Irish Divorce In an article for the Washington Post, Brigid Schulte detailed how her grandparents had lived separate lives without getting a legal divorce and referred to the situation as an “Irish divorce”. This is a term that describes couples who, because of societal pressures, decide not to pursue divorce formally, but instead just to live apart. This type of separation would not show up on official statistics, but now because such societal pressures are seen as archaic the number of people who once felt them feel free...
  5. Dating over 50: Win a coaching session with relationship expert Olga Levancuka

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      Win a session with world-renowned relationship expert Olga Levancuka who regularly makes waves in the national press and broadcast media offering advice on relationships and dating for media outlets such as Cosmopolitan, The Independent, Daily Mail, The Evening Standard and Huffington Post. This is your opportunity to have a one-to-one one hour session with Olga via Skype, where you can ask her questions and share your dating worries with her. For this session, Olga will adopt a more gentle approach rather than delving into a full on coaching session as she wants to ensure you feel relaxed while sharing your worries so she can...
  6. Five signs that you should end your marriage

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    Article by Helene Fermont   Today is “divorce day” – statistically the day with the most divorces in the year. But how do you know when it’s time to end your marriage? We asked psychologist Hélene Fermont for her advice. Marriages can be difficult and it’s hard to know when you are just going through a rough patch, and when it might be time to call in quits. Hélene Fermont, psychologist and novelist, says that only you can decide when the relationship or marriage has come to an end, but has listed some warning signs that signal it might be time to move on. When the respect is gone If there is no respect for the other person in a marriage, it is only a matter of time before it crumbles and fails. If...
  7. Dating over Christmas: Save your Dating Adventures for the New Year

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    Article by Olga Levancuka Christmas, lights, festivities, caroling!  Everyone is out and about. Shopping, cuddling, hugging, kissing and smiling. And here we are, happy by ourselves. We know where we are with everything in life, we are comfortable with what we’ve got, yet with the New Year approaching, we feel that we have to set some kind of resolutions. We feel energised, full of expectations for the year ahead and even ready for a challenge. If you’re single, then dating is probably on your list. And that is exactly where it should stay at this time of the year. Let me explain. Christmas is traditionally a time of year when rationale goes out of the window and sometimes we can make bad decisions about things that we think will make our life better and that includes dating but dating...
  8. Dating over 50: What is Ghosting?

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    Article by Ceri Wheeldon When it comes to dating over 50 there are so many new obstacles to navigate. Dating has changed since we started dating first time around!! A new term that crops up in dating today is ‘ghosting’. I asked dating and relationship expert Olga Levancuka what exactly ‘ghosting’ was – and as it happened to be halloween, it seemed like a good time to share a quick video clip on the topic. It seems that ghosting is when you meet somebody, have several dates, seem to be getting along really well, and suddenly,everything goes quiet, and communication stops. So why do men ‘disappear’? (To be fair some women do it too) As Olga explains in this video, men don’t want aggravation in their lives. They don’t...
  9. How grandparents can avoid feeling marginalised when their children divorce

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    By Peter Jones, founder of Jones Myers family law specialist  While grandparents are legally entitled to make their own application for access to, or custody of, grandchildren during divorce proceedings, they have traditionally not tended to do this for fear of damaging their own child’s chances of contact. This often leaves the older generation feeling marginalised as they wait for parents to allocate some time for them to spend with grandchildren. Our advice at Jones Myers is that while they should not take sides in the divorce, grandparents play an instrumental role in children’s lives and should try to stay involved with them. They should emphasise the useful roles they can play – such as handovers and childcare – so that both parents will welcome them as safe, as opposed to critical, custodians. When...
  10. Why my pink leather jacket became a symbol of my new found freedom.

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    Article by Ceri Wheeldon I have had this pink biker jacket for at least 16 years – it was a purchase prior to my getting together with my now ex husband. It was my favourite item in my wardrobe. I loved the colour – a significant departure from my usual black – and the feel of the leather. It seemed surprisingly to go with so many things in my wardrobe. My now ‘ex’ hated me wearing it. His rationale was that he had never seen a pink cow. The same rationale did not apply to his navy leather jacket however, or his blue shoes – it seems that pink cows were the problem. I put the pink jacket at the back of the wardrobe. Gradually other items suffered the same...
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