Communication is the key to any relationship, casual or otherwise.
Listening is an important factor; hearing is another.
Never assume you understand what you are hearing: if there is any question in your mind, ask if what you think you heard is correct (or not), and/or ask for clarification.
If what you think you heard feels like criticism or anger, take a breath and look at the information, the facts. Is it valid? Is it a topic for further discussion? Is it best left in the agree-to-disagree department?
Always listen to your partner: (s)he may know more than you might realize, regardless of the topic.
Say what you mean. You may need to say it a different way, to be heard.
Sometimes it takes a lot of courage for someone to express an opinion or to ask for something, or to set a boundary. Honor that. Listen. Clarify if necessary.
Know that true love is based on respect, consideration, and support…
Your partner’s opinion matters.
The two most common precipitators for divorce are finances, and how to raise the children. Both never stop; they are lifelong processes.
At the top of the list of major stressors are: moving house, changing jobs, a health crisis, having a child, losing a job, losing a family member especially a spouse or a child… not necessarily in that order.
When in doubt, breathe. Step back; look at the situation from a different perspective; try to see a bigger picture.
Most of life’s crises can be managed. You may need help: ask.