What are some changes that occur when a couple reaches their middle-age years and how can such changes adversely affect their relationship?

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As couples get older, they often grow closer and develop more meaningful relationships, but not always. First, if couples have been drawing apart emotionally but staying together for the sake of children, when the children are gone, couples can divorce without guild. Next, as both members of a couple become...

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As couples get older, they often grow closer and develop more meaningful relationships, but not always. First, if couples have been drawing apart emotionally but staying together for the sake of children, when the children are gone, couples can divorce without guild. Next, as both members of a couple become successful in careers, their paths may diverge in terms of interests and often geography; when people are separated for long periods for career reasons, relationships may collapse. Finally, people's interests change over time, and a couple originally draw together by shared interests when they are in their 20s may have little in common 30 years later.

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