All relationship problems stem from poor communication, according to Elaine Fantle Shimberg, author of Blending Families.
"You can't communicate while you're checking your Black Berry, watching TV, or flipping through the sports section," she says.
Elaine was the only character, of those mentioned above, missing from the pilot episode.
She would make her first appearance in the second episode, "The Stake Out".
They hang in there, tackle problems, and learn how to work through the complex issues of everyday life.
Many do this by reading self-help books and articles, attending seminars, going to counseling, observing other successful couples, or simply using trial and error.
These are some of the current, usually unspoken, rules. Right from the beginning of a relationship, both men and women are expected to be truthful (more or less.) It is definitely wrong on a dating site bio to lie about marital status, for instance.