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Do Empty Nests Save Marriages?

Couples must vow to spend quality one-on-one time together for the sake of their marriage -- with or without their kids around.

Couples must vow to spend quality one-on-one time together for the sake of their marriage -- with or without their kids around.

Wednesday, May 26, 2010 3:06 GMT

SAN DIEGO (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – An empty house can bring the heat back into a marriage.

Recently, a UC Berkeley study concluded that marriages become happier and more satisfying once the kids pack up and leave home.

This comes to no surprise for Dr. Barbara Cunningham, a marriage and family therapist at the doctoral level based in San Diego.

She says it’s “very important for couples to not let their relationship fall between the cracks,” which often happens when they put all of their attention on the children.

Therefore, she advises couples to maintain a healthy amount of one-on-one time – with or without kids in the picture.

She suggests plenty of quality date nights, but notes that shipping the kids off to boarding school early to get that much- needed alone time isn’t necessarily the best idea.

Cunningham says that sometimes marriages can fall apart even after the kids are gone because they’re the real “glue” holding parents together.

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