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Once again, another Hollywood couple has decided to call it quits. Comedian Chris Rock and wife, Malaak Compton-Rock are headed for divorce after nearly 20 years of marriage…20 years! How does this happen? Are Hollywood marriages that hard to maintain? With the onslaught of African American marriages visibly breaking down, we compiled this list of tips from successful couples on how to divorce-proof your marriage.

1. If you have to fight, walk and fight. Many arguments stem more from being cooped up together in tight quarters than from the issue at hand. Plus, getting fresh air is good for you, and it will give you more energy for No. 3. (Hey, everyone knows that makeup No. 3 is the best kind.)

2. Over-Communicate. Some, many men especially, don’t see the value in over-communicating to their spouse. While one spouse may not want to hear or share everything about themselves, the other spouse may want to know. So if one spouse needs to hear it, it’s important to the marriage. Over communication also cuts down on rumors about you and your mate–you’ll already know the truth before anyone else says something. Treat your life like a great Facebook post, SHARE IT!

3. Have sex with each other. Seriously! Sex is proven to lighten the mood, make you feel better in a number of ways, including reducing stress. One piece of advice someone shared is to begin to undress anytime you and your mate start to argue–you will either have sex or die laughing (Ha! It’s worth a try). And if you can’t have sex with each other for some reason, let your spouse know that you are thinking about having sex with him and that you are looking forward to the next time you are both available for sex. Try sending a “sext”. Just make sure you’re sending it to the right person!

7 Steps To Divorce-Proof Your Marriage  was originally published on blackdoctor.org

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