Listen: Bill and Wendy Bonus Hour

The do’s and don’ts of marriage: D.C. writer predicted his friend would get divorced and was right

This is an archived article and the information in the article may be outdated. Please look at the time stamp on the story to see when it was last updated.

Playwright Derek Hills (Courtesy of Derek Hills).

Derek Hills recently wrote a guest piece in Solo-ish for the Washington Post describing the signs of why marriages fail. He uses his friend as an example, where he says, “if people want to do something, you do everything you can to facilitate that.” Hills’ friend was stunned that he told him to get divorced, even though there were obvious signs the couple should not be together. The relationship lasted long enough to have kids, when months later, Derek’s friend calls to tell him he’s getting a divorce because his wife walked out on him. Hills describes cardinal rules for relationships to work, listing communication a key factor.

For more of Derek’s work, go to

Notice: you are using an outdated browser. Microsoft does not recommend using IE as your default browser. Some features on this website, like video and images, might not work properly. For the best experience, please upgrade your browser.