New marriages are dissolving at a higher rate compared to those in the past, announced the Ministry of Social and Family Development (MSF) last week (Apr 6).
It was reported that among those who married in 2003, 16.1 per cent dissolved their marriage by the 10th year. This is significantly higher than the 8.7 per cent of the 1987 cohort who had dissolved their marriage by that time.
Younger grooms, aged between 20 and 24 years old, also had a higher proportion of dissolved marriages.
The New Paper spoke to marriage counsellor Evelyn Khong, who is a consultant at the Fei Yue Community Services, who gave some tips on how to sustain a marriage.
Ms Khong said: “It is important for newlyweds to know that the courtship doesn’t end on the wedding day. It should be a continued effort to keep the relationship strong. It is always a work in progress.”
Here are six other tips that Ms Khong gave us: