When love changes

When love changes

MALAYSIA - MANY couples flounce into their big day expecting a lifetime filled with magical moments.

Unfortunately, skipping into the sunset after the wedding day is hardly the end of the story. It is only the beginning, as both man and wife will discover upon their foray into marriage.

In place of amorous delights, there are suddenly bills to pay, a household to maintain, and young children to run after.

In the thick of this new and unfamiliar order, tempers flare and resentment kicks in. What started out as one of the most promising events in your life could end up in a painful descent down the rabbit-hole.

American country singer Billy Ray Cyrus was headed for an achy, breaky heartbreak, when his wife, Tish, decided to call for a divorce after 19 years of marriage in June.

This came after the couple decided to kiss and make up just two years ago, following an earlier petition for divorce in Oct 2010. The 51-year-old singer had filed for divorce from his wife, 53, but he dropped his filing in March 2011.

Still, trouble in paradise doesn't always lead to splitsville. Their recent call for divorce is reportedly off again, just one month after their divorce papers were filed.

The couple tells the media that marriage therapy played a large part in their reconciliation.

"We both woke up and realised we love each other and decided we want to stay together. We both went into couples therapy - something we haven't done in 22 years of being together, and its brought us closer together and really opened up our communication in amazing ways," Billy Ray's rep said in a statement to US Weekly.

Together, Billy Ray and Tish have three children - Miley, 20, Braison, 19 and Noah 13. Billy Ray also adopted Brandi, 26, and Trace, 24, Tish's children from a previous relationship. The country singer also has son Christopher, 21, from a previous relationship.

Like the Cyrus', many couples who face problems in their relationships can benefit from couples therapy, or marriage counselling, as it is better known on the local front.

Fit4life explores the cause-and-effects of marital problems, and how marriage counseling can help put things back into perspective.

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