THE QUESTION

Happily neverafter?


To the shock of even their closest friends, Al and Tipper Gore have announced their separation, after 40 years of marriage. And this is the couple that openly showed affection and wrote the book "Joined at the Heart." Can a marriage that comes apart still be considered successful? And if Al and Tipper can't make it, is there hope for the rest of us?

Posted by Success Editors on June 7, 2010 12:00 AM
FROM THE PANEL

What can you put up with?

Most research indicates that married men are happier than unmarried men and, paradoxically, that unmarried women are happier than married women.

Posted by Garrison Wynn, on June 8, 2010 12:36 PM

Much work, and reward

It is certainly worth sticking it out with a real life partner who understands and appreciates you despite one's failings.

Posted by Jan Scruggs, on June 7, 2010 9:16 PM

Shared visions

Can a marriage that falls apart still be considered successful? Yes. For as long as it lasts, there can be "good" in a marriage. Al and Tipper Gore raised productive children and were engaged in outstanding projects.

Posted by Virginia Bianco-Mathis, on June 7, 2010 12:00 AM

Gift of freedom

Perhaps each of the Gores is giving the other the gift of freedom at a moment in their lifespan when they still have the ability, energy and vision for one final great act or far-flung adventure.

Posted by Patricia McGuire, on June 7, 2010 12:00 AM

A sad, slow unraveling

Is it really possible for two people to travel the exact same road, grow at the exact same pace, and develop in the exact same way emotionally, spiritually and intellectually so they stay in sync for their entire lives?

Posted by Marissa Levin, on June 7, 2010 12:00 AM

FEATURED COMMENTS

Extempraneous: I keep hearing this lament from the liberal establishment newspapers that somehow the Gores splitting up is a heartrending story, but one th...

bobtich: 51 years and counting says if you work at it it can work. It is never easy, there will always be some conflict, and temptation to stray is j...

Disbelief: After 40 years, mayby, just possibly, Tipper realized that Al DIDN'T invent the internet; that telling everyone to 'save the Earth while jet...

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