Predicting whether a marriage will succeed
Jonathan Romain, a Berkshire rabbi has devised a 20 question quiz which he believes may help couples to find out if they are suited.
According to a 2008 population trends report from the Vital Statistics Output Branch, from the Office of National Statistics, one in two marriages end in divorce in England and Wales.
Below are the questions from Dr Romain :-
• Do you know your partner’s favourite food ?
• Will your partner want to get a pet in the future ?
• Does your partner suffer from any allergies ?
• Describe one of the happiest moments of your partner’s life before you met ?
• Answer the same question regarding the saddest moment ?
• Does your partner want to have children and if so, how many and when?
• How regularly does your partner visit family ?
• Are there any family traditions your partner has which he/she would wish to continue?
• What is your partner’s favourite kind of holiday ?
• Is your partner a saver or spender by nature ?
• Is it easy for you to buy him/her a birthday present ?
• Where would your partner like to live in the foreseeable future ?
• Who is the biggest influence on your partner excluding you ?
• Your partner’s greatest regret ?
• Joint, separate bank accounts or a combination ?
• Private or public education for children?
• Summarise the partner’s ideal view of the future?
• What habits or characteristics do you have which he/she does not like?
• What would you most like to change about him/her?
• What are the main values he/she has?
We have highlighted some of the questions in bold as being very obviously significant and perhaps indicative of whether a relationship may flourish. Some of the others we are not sure about, but that’s just our opinion. Dr Romain concludes that getting 15 or more answers correct indicates a great future, 9 to 14 suggest good chances but work is needed and less than 8 right suggests thinking again !.divorce, family, marriage