From the moment Romeo sets his eyes on Juliet to the fairytale climax when Cinderella captures her prince, young people are taught that falling in love is the one and only essential requirement for marriage. Unfortunately, many carry this fantasy through multiple failed marriages. While love is absolutely necessary in a marital relationship, if you wish to make your marriage work over the long haul then the love between you can't simply be based on feelings. That's because feelings change like moods. If romance were the sole factor determining the duration of a union, most marriages would end in six months. Love must be both a feeling and a decision if it's to be the basis for a working marriage.