THE different backgrounds of a couple is one of the leading factors of problems occurring in marriages.
Pita and Mereseini Nacuva, who are co-directors of the Family One Ministry of the Campus Crusade for Christ, said the high divorce rate in Fiji was a worrying concern for the nation.
"Different backgrounds of a couple is a major factor of conflict in a marriage — the differences in upbringing and values ; when these couples come together there are huge adjustments to be made and it creates a lot of friction if they are not handled the right way," Mr Nacuva said.
"This is not just a common factor we've seen in Fiji but everywhere else in the world."
Mr Nacuva, a former politician and his wife have been actively involved in their ministry since 1997, sharing the importance of the covenant of marriage and speaking on preventative measures in divorce and challenges that married couples face.
"Marriage is sacred. The covenant spoken at the altar is most times forgotten during marriage," Mr Nacuva said.
He said married couples should strengthen their relationships to build a better Fiji.
"What legacy are couples leaving behind for their children and generations after that? We need to address this issue of conflicts and failed marriages at the root so we can leave good examples for our children so their marriages will be happy and they in turn can build an even better nation for Fiji."