THE marriage vows 'for better or worse, for richer or poorer' aren't taken lightly by the officiants at weddings, who usually expect that, upon swearing on the Bible, those making the pledge adhere to the concept that marriage is made of forever, through-thick-and-thin stuff.
But while many couples make these vows in the sight of God and man, when the 'worse' period hits, many split, although they also made the 'til' death' vow.
Some split because they never factored things like abuse or cheating onto their 'worse' list, others because they can't handle serious sickness, loss of limb, or a fall from riches to poverty, and really can't see death as the only means of separation, when modern law allows the option of divorce.
So are you one of those who would stick by your partner no matter what? Or would you jump ship? What, if anything, would make you break your marriage vows?
Carol-Ann S, 38, married 11 years:
There is a limit to everything. I think if he has a child outside the marriage I would leave him. Because what that means is that one, he is going outside the marriage, and two, he had an established relationship with this person in order to make a child with her. Why should I deal with the outcome of his indiscretions?
I would probably stay if I am old, like in my 50s or 60s, and I find out he has a child who is older, like teenager or so. I would be more likely to stay because you don't really want to go and start a new relationship at that age. So if the child is older and it's something I am just finding out because I am old, I would stay. And, of course, if he is abusive, that is another reason I would leave.
Julie-Ann G, 28, in a relationship seven years:
Abuse. I would leave him if he was abusing me, especially if it was physical abuse. Cheating is something a lot of women can live with and choose to live with, but abuse I don't take lightly.
Marlon C, 30, in a relationship five years:
If she is lazy. I'm serious. I am willing to work but I need a woman to work with me, and not just to sit and look pretty and sexy. That alone won't work. We have to work together as a unit. So yes, I would leave her for that.
Stacey G, 31, single:
I would leave him for physical abuse, constant quarrelling or contention that is bound to result in unhappiness. And if he is constantly having affairs and is disrespectful I would leave him too.
William H, 36, married 14 years:
Nothing. Not even if she cheats. She would have to leave. I don't believe in divorce and breaking up the family. Worse, when children are involved. So we would have to work it out. 'Til death do us part'!
Rohan M, 41, married 11 years:
If I couldn't trust her anymore I would leave. Without trust we have nothing.
Debby T, 42, married one year:
If he abuses my children, whether physical or sexual, I would go. The truth is, as foolish as it might sound, I would probably not leave if he abuses me, but when it comes to my children I would not stick around. I am the one who made the vows with him 'for better or worse', not them, so they don't have to take it. Therefore, if I find out he is abusing them I would definitely leave him.
Carlton C, 40, married nine years:
I was married before and it did not work out. So I will do everything to make this one work. We have been living together for 15 years and married for nine. So we have been together too long to part now. I see nothing that would make me leave my wife. And if she does anything, I would overlook it and forgive her. We are too old to end it now.
Nathalie T, 31, married 10 years:
If he hits me and if he cheated in our house/bed or has a child outside our marriage.