Monday, September 27News That Matters

Love Letter: Divorce Rates Are Down, for Now.

If the pandemic has done one good thing, it’s given some couples the opportunity to work through their differences. In many states across the country, divorce rates have dropped considerably in the past year. Some divorce lawyers and relationship experts credit uncertainty, financial concerns and more time spent together as a few of the reasons couples aren’t calling it quits.

There are few things more baffling than a relationship without a defined status. A connection that looks, feels and sounds like a relationship without a commitment can lead to questions: Where is this going? What are we? Are we exclusive?

Jessie McNellis, the writer of this week’s Modern Love essay, was used to the trappings of an “almost” relationship, where the romance would fizzle and fade in two months or less. When she reconnected with a middle school acquaintance, she kept her expectations low. But after nine months of consistent interaction, Ms. McNellis became hopeful that maybe they could be more than “an almost something.”

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Last spring, we all learned how to gather virtually with family and friends. As the weather warms up and vaccinations increase, there is a glimmer of hope that this year will be different. Here’s how to celebrate spring and connect with loved ones safely.

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