Every newly married couple wants to beat the odds and make their marriage work. Unfortunately, 50 percent of first marriages and 65 percent of second marriages fail. Clearly, couples need guidance and support to keep their partnerships strong. In this guide married couple Stephen Martin and Victoria Costello offer information, tips, and advice to help readers: Recognize danger signs in a marriage; Communicate effectively; Handle discussions about money, sex, kids, and other tough topics; Keep the passion alive; Maintain a sense of identity within a partnership; Navigate special situations, such as stepfamilies and cultural differences. With the help of this concise book, couples can address problems before they become dealbreakers. From the stress of combining finances and raising kids to dealing with in-laws and blending families, there's a lot of pressure in a marriage. But all it takes is a little information and determination to make it work--and to make it last.