The Couple I Thought Would Never Make It
I remember, shortly after law school, I attended the wedding of one of my classmates. He and his fiancée, Kelley, had met in college and then continued to date, on-and-off, through law school. My friend repeatedly broke up with Kelley, enthusiastically dating a variety of younger women for a few months, only to return to Kelley’s waiting arms.
As luck would have it, this guy was also fired from his big law firm internship for sexually harassing a partner.
So, when I received the wedding announcement shortly after our graduation, I was somewhat surprised. The ceremony and reception were lavish in true Boca Raton Jewish style. But what stands out most in my memory were the mutters of my friends as the beautiful bride walked down the aisle, questioning her sanity. And when the rabbi asked if anyone in the audience knew of a reason why these two shouldn’t be united, there were audible giggles amongst the crowd, although no one volunteered an objection.
They Just Celebrated Their Fortieth Wedding Anniversary
On that day, if I’d had to bet, I’d have put my money on my friend’s marriage not lasting too long. However, fast forward nearly forty years, and they’re still married, living the American dream in a South Florida mansion, with two grown twin boys and a singleton, who’ve provided them with seven grandchildren amongst them. My friend works successfully at his own law firm, while his bride, who stayed home “to raise the kids,” has long since given up pretending to work.
While I can’t say that they are the happiest couple I know, they’ve made it this long, and far longer than many of my friends.
Will Your Marriage Last?
If people laughed at you while you walked down the aisle, or you’re simply curious about whether your union will stand the test of time, there is now a tool called the Divorce Bet Calculator that you can use to verify the solidity of your marriage. Based on your responses to some thirty questions, the book makers at My Bookie will determine the odds of divorce in your future, as well as how well your marriage matches up against those of famous celebrity couples.
The questions definitely get personal. Do you like porn? Have you tried anything kinky in the bedroom lately? Do you have kids? (If you answered “yes” about your kinky bedroom adventures, you probably answered “no” about having kids!) But answer the questions, and you’ll see how your marriage stacks up against strong marriages like Keith Urban and Nicole Kidman’s, or shakier marriages, like President Trump’s. I know that I’m interested to see how my marriage compares to those of all the Kardashians.
If you’ve determined that divorce is inevitable, Joryn Jenkins of Open Palm Law will explain your divorce process options before you leap into the fray. Know all of the choices that don’t involve going to war in a courtroom? From the simple kitchen table divorce to the more complex collaborative divorce, and all options in between, Open Palm Law strives to bring you and your family a kinder, gentler process. Contact Open Palm Law today, and find out how its attorneys and staff can help you.
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About this week’s author, Joryn Jenkins.
Joryn, attorney and Open Palm Founder, began her own firm here in Tampa after a 14-year career in law, two of which she served as a professor of law at Stetson University. She is a recipient of the prestigious A. Sherman Christensen Award, an honor bestowed in the United States Supreme Court upon those who have provided exceptional leadership in the American Inns of Court Movement. For more information on Joryn’s professional experience, take a look at her resume.