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EXCLUSIVE: An Expert Tells That Nicole and Joel Will ‘Go the Distance’

Tue, February 16, 2010 7:30pm EDT by 2 Comments


Should Nicole Richie and Joel Madden have done things the traditional way and gotten engaged first then had babies, or is their unique situation a good thing? A relationship expert weighs in and says the couple is in it for the long haul!

Now that Nicole Richie and Joel Madden are finally engaged after three years together and two children, making their relationship official can only be a good thing, right? Licensed therapist Dr. Jenn Berman says yes: the loved-up couple are in it to win it!

“They know exactly what they are signing on to and stand a better chance of going the distance,” relationship expert Berman tells, adding that their family bond, which includes Harlow Winter, 2, and Sparrow James, five months, will only strengthen when Nicole, 28, and Joel, 30, say ‘I do.’

“A lot of couples take that step, so that they’re able to send a message to their children that they are making a commitment to be together forever, and that’s great for the children,” she says.

But is marrying after children a good move? “I think it’s easier on the couple and the relationship to start off with [marriage] first, but it does increase a sense of stability for kids when they know mommy and daddy have taken a vow to be together forever. I think it’s a good step,” Berman approves.

We agree! Nicole must be pretty darn happy, given that her family is about to become an (officially licensed) unit – and that she gets to wear a big, sparkling piece of bling on her ring finger!