Midlife is a tough time, and many long-term relationships give under the strain. Reasons can include changes in culture making divorce more acceptable, women’s increasing financial independence, the freedom of a suddenly empty nest. Many marriages in midlife are not the first marriage of one or both partners, and second marriages are less stable. Lack of libido, hormonal issues such as rage or depression, the pressures of taking care of aging parents, retirement worries, and the very simple fact that people live longer now than they used to – all of these can contribute to the dissolution of a relationship. Successful relationships often rely on communication (why are we angry?), self-reflection (am I really unhappy with my partner, or with myself?), and proactive problem-solving (what are our options for taking care of mom?).