6 Common Marriage Questions, Answered

See how marriage therapists advise dealing with these difficulties.
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The Questions

Stale Sex Life

Q. My husband and I have been married for almost 20 years. Our life is pretty good in all areas -- except for our sex life. I miss the way sex used to be. Is there a way to get back the passion -- or is this the best it's going to be?

My Husband Doesn't Help

Q. We've been married for 10 years, and have three sons. My husband and I said that our marriage would be a partnership, but the reality is anything but. I work full-time, then come home to my second "job." My husband thinks he deserves a medal if he empties the dishwasher! We've been bickering about this for ages. What do you suggest?

After the Affair

Q. My husband had an affair with a woman he met on a business trip. He says it's over, that he never cared for her, and that he wants to make our marriage work. The problem: I can't forget! I think about his betrayal every day. He's been patient with me, but he doesn't understand why I can't move on. What can I do?

On the Outs with the In-Laws

Q. My mother-in-law hates me! She constantly finds ways to pull my husband and me apart, and she's made it clear that I'm not welcome in her house. When my husband takes our 4-year-old daughter to visit, I stay home. What do I say when my daughter starts asking why I don't go with them?

I Think He's Cheating

Q. I've been married for five years, and have a new baby. I'm trying not to be paranoid, but I think my husband is having an affair. He works much later than ever, never calls to tell me he's going to be late, and when he is home, he seems withdrawn and distracted. Am I overreacting? What should I do?

Cheating: To Tell or Not?

Q. I just discovered that the husband of a close friend is having an affair. If the situation was reversed, I'd want her to tell me. Should I let her know?

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