You've heard the bad news: The odds of having a successful marriage are in the neighborhood of 50 percent. For second marriages, the odds worsen to 35 percent. Yet the vast majority of people marry, and if a first marriage fails, both partners are likely to remarry — proof that the majority of adults today desperately want to make marriage work. Statistics also show the average marriage lasts 6.8 years. Probably, both parties in these marriages noticed problems early on in the relationship that they unfortunately either didn't recognize as danger signs, or they simply didn't know what to do about them — and didn't ask.