A day before Valentine's Day, two close friends of mine decided to end their marriage a day before their 1st year anniversery stating that they weren't who they thought they were, and that they had changed. My parents divorced, my mother twice. My cousin was raised by a single, divorced mom. Another relative close to me is struggling daily with his marriage after 5 short years. I don't know the actual statistics, but heresay places the rate at approximately 70%. Has the system just become a temporary tax shelter?