My advice would be to recognize that a lengthy marriage, grown children and grandkids doesn’t guarantee that a marriage won’t end in divorce. It’s important to continue working on the relationship, recommit to the vows, and address any problems that arise, well into the senior years.

Laura Petherbridge serves couples and single adults with topics on spiritual growth, relationships, stepfamilies, co-parenting, and divorce recovery. She is an international speaker and author of, When “I Do” Becomes “I Don’t”—Practical Steps for Healing During Separation and Divorce, and The Smart Stepmom, co-authored with stepfamily expert Ron Deal and endorsed by Gary Chapman (Five Love Languages). Laura has spoken at the Billy Graham Training Center The Cove in Ashville, the Hearts at Home conferences, and on Focus on the Family and many other TV and radio broadcasts in many countries. Laura is a featured expert on the DivorceCare DVD series, which has equipped more than 12,000 churches worldwide. She has taught on divorce recovery at Reformed Theological Seminary in Orlando, and functioned as a Stephen’s Ministry instructor.  Laura and her husband of 26 years, Steve, reside in Florida. She can be reached at Laura@Laurapetherbridge.com and www.TheSmartStepmom.com

Publication date: July 9, 2012