10 Things You Need to Know Before You Get Married (FCS2319/FY1335)

Figure 1. The three major factors that predict future marital satisfaction—our individual traits, our traits as a couple, and our personal and relationship contexts—form what is known as the marriage triangle model. (See: Larson, 2003)Americans love romantic books and movies that involve wedding vows and “happily-ever-after” endings. But in response to the high rates of divorce, a growing trend has emerged that focuses on developing a healthy marriage, rather than just the act of marriage. This 5-page fact sheet presents ten ways to achieve a healthy marriage of your own. Written by Victor W. Harris and Ginny Hinton, and published by the UF Department of Family Youth and Community Sciences, August 2012.