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Every marriage is bound to encounter a few bumps along the road, especially when you're first starting out. We're here to help you out with solutions to couples issues and common newlywed arguments. First, find out about the tried-and-true stuff your parents probably wish they'd known. We've sorted out the newlywed "rules" you can ignore from the relationship mistakes you need to avoid. Learn the right way to handle a fight and the solutions to the most common newlywed arguments. We've also got help for couples issues that are specific to the modern marriage. For example, the four rules of Facebook for couples, how to deal when you're married to a metrosexual, and handling coworker crushes. You can also read our expert Q&A for dealing with all kinds of couples issues. Find tips on making friends as a couple, managing work stress as a pair, and avoiding common newlywed arguments about stuff like cleaning and entertaining. We'll help you solve issues with everyone -- your honey, your couple friends, your in-laws -- and find solutions that work in every part of your life, from the bedroom to the office. From whether it's okay to tell friends about your issues to breaking out of a sex rut, we've got you covered. And don't forget your fellow Nesties! We've pulled together lists of real couple gripes and likes, Nesties' marriage secrets, and their most ridiculous fights -- you're sure to relate to something! Or find even more sympathetic ears with our relationships message board.

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Which TV Couple Are You?

Is your spouse more of a nerd, like Leonard from The Big Bang Theory, or a bad boy like Bill in True Blood? Find out with our quiz.

Mostly A’s: Bill and Sookie, True Blood

Your relationship is always new and exciting! You never know what to expect and every day is a different adventure. Like Bill, your partner keeps you interested and excited for days ahead with him. He is protective but still lets you have independence. While some people don’t get why you’re together, you both totally understand each other and won’t let any obstacle stand in the way.

Mostly B’s: Phil and Claire, Modern Family

Phil always tries to make Claire happy --just like your spouse. Sure, he can sometimes come off as goofy, but that’s what you love most about him. When things get too serious at work, he’ll do anything to cheer you up. When things don’t go your way, he’ll always brainstorm ideas for you two to try. His focus is on you and the relationship --making him the perfect guy for you.

Mostly C’s: Leonard and Penny, The Big Bang Theory

Like Leonard and Penny, you two are seemingly very different -- you have different friends, tastes, and even interests. But you both have similar values and connect on a deeper level -- it’s like you’re on the same wavelength. It may have taken a while for you two to get together (you didn’t peg him right away as your match), but once you realized your feelings you knew nothing would be the same. You value his intelligence and his ability to introduce you to new and different things because, admit it --you’re a geek on the inside too!

Mostly D’s: Mike and Susan, Desperate Housewives

Your spouse keeps you grounded and that’s what you love about him. While you can sometimes lose your cool, he always keeps his and can take charge in any situation (only if you let him, of course). He puts you and your needs first, and is always a gentleman. You two work because you both complement each other -- while it may not always seem like a match made in heaven, it totally works for you!

-- The Nest Editors

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