A recent survey of 1,100 soon-to-wed and married couples by a national marriage resource centre showed the following statistics:

  • 98% of married respondents were satisfied with their marriage
  • 95% of married couples were looking at marriage as a lifelong commitment
  • 82% try to resolve the conflict within the same day when an argument with the spouse arises
  • 1 in 3 couples married for 20 years and more said they would have married someone else if given a second choice.

These figures and others show marriages in Singapore are healthy, according to Anita Fam, Chairperson of Marriage Central, noting that in the past 5 years, divorce rates have stabilised, averaging 7.5 divorces per 1,000 married Singaporeans, according to Department of Statistics.

Recent news reported that 830 couples got married on 10 Oct (10.10.10) and 234 on 20 Oct (2010-2010). One author noted that on average, there are 20,000 weddings a year in Singapore. That’s almost 385 a week, or 128 per weekend (Fri-Sun). A watch group ranks Singapore as 16th in terms of divorce rate per nation (0.8 per 1,000 people, compared to US’s 4.95 and UK’s 3.08). However, in the same list, we are the highest Asian country to be listed (ahead of China’s 0.79 and Thailand’s 0.58). Wikipedia lists us as 2.02 divorces per 1,000 people in 2007.

As my pre-marital counsellor advised, don’t just prepare for the wedding, prepare yourself for the marriage. The wedding lasts a day, the marriage is for a lifetime.

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