All posts tagged: wedding

FREE “Relationship Vouchers”

Is your marriage on the rocks?  Are you about to get hitched?  Does your relationship have a few niggles that keep popping up?  Or do you just love a freebie?  As of tomorrow, Aussie couples can apply for $200 ‘relationship vouchers’ to subsidise counselling. You can thank Federal Social Services Minister Kevin Andrews for the initiative, which he designed to “help couples achieve a greater degree of happiness and stability and thereby a better environment for their children.” The first 100,000 couples to apply in the $20 million trial’s first year will be able to take the voucher to an approved provider for “marriage and relationship education and counselling, including components of parenting education, conflict resolution and financial management education.” And it’s not only the married-and-resigned-to-divorce types that are eligible. These relationship spruce-up tickets are for long-time married couples, honeymooning couples, engaged couples, unmarried (and with no plans to marry) couples and same-sex couples.  Couples with kids, couples who’ve received their diamond anniversary letter from the Queen, couples who believe marriage is a trap and …

Marriage is to Life as Fruit and Veg are to Health. Good. For. You.

Janko Tipsarevic didn’t play at the Australian Open this year.  The Serbian tennis player hasn’t picked up a racket since October due to a heel injury. This time last year, Tipsarevic was ranked No. 8. These days he treads water down at No. 69. Yet it was this mostly forgotten tennis star who came to mind during the tennis coverage this year because I remembered something he said during an interview after a magnificent match that resulted in Lleyton Hewitt’s first-round exit in the 2013 Australian Open. He essentially tipped his sweaty tennis cap at his wife.  “Honestly, I don’t know why but from the moment I got married I started producing great results,” he grinned. Marriage is good for you, is what I heard him say, and I can vouch for that. We’ve just celebrated a decade and I don’t mean to brag but we’re a good team!  Anyone would kick our butts at a game of tennis doubles, but don’t even bother attempting to come between us in the bigger match of life.  …

What Every Couple Should Understand Before Saying “I Do”

Rupert Murdoch has filed to divorce his wife of 14 years, the glamorous Wendi Deng. It will be Mr Murdoch’s third divorce and Ms Deng’s second. A pre-nuptial agreement signed prior to their 1999 wedding will see Ms Deng benefit handsomely (but not too handsomely) from the split – Mr Murdoch’s second wife Anna Maria Torv reportedly received a $US1.7 billion divorce settlement in 1999 at the end of their 31 year marriage. Yes, that was the same year Mr Murdoch went on to marry Ms Deng. Money. Power. Beauty. Convenience. Marriage was never meant to be like this. The divorce rate in Australia is about 43 per cent – that is, 43 per cent of marriages can be expected to end in separation within 30 years (ABS). And I don’t need to tell you of the damage that divorce inflicts – not only on the couple but also on children and extended family. I am convinced that the true definition of marriage has been allowed to slide. Over time, some definitions will change – it’s the …