Maintaining Marital Bliss Through Your Retirement Transition

Compromise is a key component in any happy marriage. It gets couples through the many roadblocks that life places in the path of a long-term, committed relationship. And while the ability to negotiate and reevaluate throughout the long haul goes a long way, even the strongest partnership can find itself buckling under the stress of retirement. The hopes and dreams of what a life in retirement will look like can change over the course of a marriage. Couples who had previously expressed shared notions of what they want in their retirement may find themselves going in different directions when a life of work finally ends. Many couples who have had decades of marital bliss with little discord find themselves stressed and unhappy when retirement finally comes.

The level of marital stress during these years depends on which spouse retires first and if expectations of life in retirement have changed (for one or both partners) over time. The ability to “roll with the changes” certainly helps steady marital navigation during this often stormy time of reevaluation, but certain factors appear to have a significant impact on stress levels.

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