Can Love Really Last in Long Term Relationships? Is It Possible?

You know why I’m writing this? As a marriage counselor, I actually have a lot of clients that really doubt this, not that they don’t want to believe in life-long-love, but it’s because they’ve never seen it first hand in real life.

A divorce attorney once told me that the current divorce rate in California is 75% (in 2013). I didn’t verify that, but it’s interesting that our state is pulling the curve up. In any case, it’s safe to say that 50% of marriages end in divorce.

So the question is, do long term relationships actually work? More specifically, is it possible for people to stay together and still be in love all the way into old age?

The answer is a definite yes. Love stories like the one in “The Notebook” actually exist. And I want people to be aware that it is possible, because this gives struggling couples hope–the hope that it is possible for them to repair their relationship and actually end up happily ever-after.

I think there are couples that give up fighting for their relationship because they were afraid that the fight would not be worth it. I think some of the divorces out there could have been avoided if people just had more hope, or at least the fair and informed perspective that true love really can prevail.