Does dating for long divorce-proof a marriage?

A study conducted in the US found that spending between $2 000 and $4 000 (R32 000 R64 000) on an engagement ring is significantly associated with an increase in the risk of divorce.

The study recommends that couples should date for three years before tying the knot; that managing money is important, but don't place too much emphasis on it; have a big wedding, but make it cheap. Most importantly, don't skip the honeymoon.

Redi Tlhabi on Tuesday asked CapeTalk/702 listeners how they divorce-proof their marriages and their secret to living happily ever after.

Listen to the full conversation on the Redi Tlhabi Show:

I don’t believe in being in a lengthy relationship before getting married. I dated and proposed in six months; 22 years later we are still madly in love.

Simon, caller in Doornkop

I proposed to my wife when I was 19 and we got married when I turned 20. It’s been 8 years and we're still together; she is my best friend.

Alton, caller in Fourways

We met in June, got engaged in September and we married the following July; this year July will be our 35th year together.

Norman, caller in Somerset

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