These days, we spend more time and research on finding the right house, car or most other material items - and less time selecting the right person to marry. Sounds a bit strange for a "lifelong" commitment.
According to some researchers, did you know that:
Couples who live together before they marry are more likely to get divorced.
First marriages often last average of 8 years.
Other than the Vatican City, the Philippines is the only country where divorce is illegal.
Children of divorced parents are more likely to drop out of school.
After divorce, men are 8 times more likely to commit suicide, or homicide. Their chances of suffering from a stroke or heart attack also increase.
In the U.S., nearly 2/3 of divorce cases are filed by women.
In Italy, nearly half of divorce cases mention the app 'WhatsApp'.
Couples who have lavish weddings are more likely to divorce.
Dancers, choreographers, bartenders and massage therapists have the highest divorce rates.
Couples with higher levels of education seem to have lower divorce rates
People that have more than 45 minute commutes are more likely to divorce. Really?
It should also be noted that biological, psychological and environmental factors all play a role. Let's face it, there is no secret solution to a successful marriage but lets try to put some thought into it - at least as much effort as buying real estate, for a house, you can sell (most of the time).