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Choosing a spouse is the one of the most decision choices anyone will make in a lifetime. This decision is perhaps the most difficult challenge facing the human social construct. So far, no religion, education, culture, experience can be said to have a fail proof method of choosing the right spouse. How do we know this? Well, one good measure of failure in choosing the right spouse is the divorce to marriage ratio, which is the number of divorces to the number of marriages in a given year (the ratio of the crude divorce rate to the crude marriage rate). For example, if there are 500 divorces and 1,000 marriages in a given year in a given area, the ratio would be one divorce for every two marriages, e.g.  a ratio of 0.5 (50%).  However, If 1,000 people obtain divorces and 1,000 people get married in the same year, the ratio is one divorce for every marriage, which may lead people to think that the community's relationships are extremely unstable, despite the number of married people not changing. This is also true in reverse: a community with very many people of marriageable age may have 10,000 marriages and 1,000 divorces, leading people to believe that it has very stable relationships.

Speacial Guest: Kehinde Dacosta Lawrence



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