“When the marital bond is severed, a seismic shift is set off in the family. Attachments that were taken for granted are now seen to be fragile and unreliable. New animosities erupt, exacerbating the instability in an already volatile emotional climate. If children are involved, the tensions will be heightened by custody battles and disputes over visiting rights. There may be lengthy separations from one parent, estrangement from grandparents on one or both sides of the family, and rifts between relatives in the extended family, who invariably take sides in the conflict.”

From FRAGMENTED FAMILIES: Patterns of Estrangement and Reconciliation by Ellen B. Sucov

“When men and women fail to form stable marriages, the first result is a vast expansion of government attempts  to cope with the terrible social needs that result.  There is scarcely a dollar that the state and federal government spends on social programs that is not driven, in large part, by family fragmentation:  crime, poverty, drug abuse, teen pregnancy, school failure, mental and physical health problems”.

-Maggie Gallagher

“Marriage is your loudest Gospel message.”

“A family is only as strong as the marriage inside it.”

“A great marriage is a contest of generosity.”

-Timothy Keller

“Outside of our relationship with God, marriage is the most profound relationship there is.”

“Soul mates are not discovered – they are developed over a lifetime of faithfulness of shared love.”

-Russ Berg

“Conflicts pave the way to intimacy.”

“Your marriage has a 100% chance of success.”

-Jimmy Evans

“Love never thinks in terms of ‘how little’, but always in terms of ‘how much.’”

“God uses marriage to bring us to the possibility of the deeper joys in life.”

“You have an enemy, and it is not your spouse. The sooner you come to terms with that fact, the better.”

“The greatest gift you can give your spouse (and everyone else in your life) is to have a real relationship with God.”

“The grass is greener if you fertilize it.”

“The goal in marriage is not to think alike, but to think together.”

-Robert Dodds

“Our deepest, most heartfelt human need is to be significant to someone.”

-Jon Anderson

“If 50% of marriages end up in divorce, the other 50% are worth studying.”