It has long been a practice for people of means to have a pre-nuptial agreement with the person they will marry. These agreements often revolve around the issue of finances. They are meant to ensure that the wealthier person in the relationship will not suffer financial ruin if the marriage...

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There are many signs that indicate when a marriage is in trouble. If caught early enough, they may help a couple avoid divorce. Couples may be able to sit down and talk through their differences. If they cannot reach agreement, they might choose to seek help through marriage counseling. Avoiding...

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General divorce statistics often do not take into account the number of times people have been married, and this gives a false impression that each marriage only has half a chance of success. There are people who end multiple marriages, and they move the statistic closer to the halfway mark....

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There are still couples in the world that believe no marriage should end in divorce. Some of them have religious reasons. Others are optimists that refuse to believe their marriage will end that way. No matter why they hold these beliefs, there are many ways to keep a marriage intact....

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When people envision their married future, they have general ideas of a partner who will be there through the good and bad times. Few of them think in terms of creating a written plan to keep their marriage healthy, but writing down their expectations and goals might just help them...

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There are many predictions out there that say half the new marriages in the world will end in divorce. Because this is a prediction, it is not a number that can be counted on as a measure of successful marriages. Even if less than half a couple's friends are divorced, it does not mean their marriage will end that way. Their marriage is just as likely to suffer from a temporary separation, one partner dying prematurely, or having a happy and successful marriage. The statistics attempt to predict the future, not the current state of marriages.

No matter what statistics say, they are often just an average. A couple may get married, never consider divorce at all and live happily ever after. All of their married friends and family may have the same happy lives. Statistics affect a group, not individuals, and cannot predict how any individual marriage will fare over a lifetime.