FIGURES released by the Economic Planning Unit state that in 2010 alone, 33,788 out of 207,553 marriages had ended in divorce.

If this is anything to go by, our society would definitely be burdened with more social ills and turmoil in the near future.

Society is formed by units of families and it is vital that all families stay committed and united, as any break-up or divorce taking place will not only hurt the said family, it will also generate a negative impact on society in the long term.

Divorce is most unfortunate and painful not only for the couple concerned but also their children and the rest of the family. Most of the time the children are the biggest victims and they suffer in silence, which is unfair.

In today's materialistic, money-minded, hectic and high-pressure life, more and more married couples are having marital and family problems.

Some reach a point of no return. Those with children will have to go through legal proceedings which could take time and create tremendous mental stress and trauma to everyone.

Regardless of the court's decision, the children are the biggest losers. This is tragic!

Unlike decades ago, people nowadays take things too lightly and often rush into something without taking many factors into consideration, as they regard marriage and divorce just like a game or business transaction.

I advise those who are single to think carefully before making a lifelong commitment in marriage and having children if they are not ready.

Marriage is a partnership in which two individuals of the opposite sex promise to love and live life together forever. It a most sacred union. A happy and lasting marriage requires a lot of hard work, sacrifice, understanding, tolerance and commitment with both partners supporting each other in good times and bad.

Happy and harmonious families lead to a stable and progressive society.