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The Non-Starter Marriage

A look at the growing trend of unions that dissolve in less than a year, sometimes before the thank-you notes can even be sent out.

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    Steven*, a square-jawed Manhattan earner with an Ivy League pedigree, had the kind of picture-perfect wedding usually only seen in Katherine Heigl movies. The bride and groom, both in their late twenties, had dated for an appropriate, let's-not-rush-it three years. And the no-expense-spared reception was held at a glitzy uptown catering hall. Guests flew in from three continents, and everyone invited assumed this celebration was exactly what it appeared to be: the start of a very happily ever after for the newlyweds.

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    "I cried when I proposed," Steven admits now, in a phone call surprising for its matter of factness—you know, considering that he left his wife only six months after the wedding, knocking over a domino that prompted her to empty out their joint checking account, hire a lawyer, and launch a war of words as bloody as anything on Game of Thrones.

    *Names have been changed

The Non-Starter Marriage
A look at the growing trend of unions that dissolve in less than a year, sometimes before the thank-you notes can even be sent out.
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