Word on the street is that we millennials are pretty awesome at marriage. Our tendency to wait longer than our predecessors to tie the knot — along with our generally more deliberate approach to making major life plans — has contributed to a steady decline in the divorce rate over the last three years. (Is it too soon to say that this might be one of our greatest accomplishments as a generation? If so, we’re calling it early.) Though we do seem to kind of be killing it at this whole “being married” thing, we’re not too proud to admit that we’re still constantly on the hunt for the best advice on wedded life that we can get our hands on.
For these pearls of wisdom, we typically turn to relationship experts and couples who have successfully lived their lives together for decades. But what about the people who’ve had a front row seat to what some might call failures of the institution of marriage? Yes — we’re talking about divorce lawyers. These professionals have met with tons of couples struggling in the depths of coupledom’s greatest challenges, so if anyone is prepared to identify potential red flags in our relationships, these attorneys are about as qualified as they come. Keep reading for eight brilliant nuggets of marriage advice from the legal minds working on the front lines of so-called marriage battles each and every day.