mario lopezOh, Mario Lopez, with your deep dimples, perfect hair, and rock hard abs. You've been married, divorced, and now, you're the father of a baby girl conceived with your girlfriend, Courtney Mazza.

Last week, you used Howard Stern's show as your confessional booth to fess up to something that we all already knew: That you cheated on "long-term girlfriend turned fiance turned wife" Ali Landry. All the way up to the week of your wedding.

You were cheating on the woman that you had been with for seven years and you go ahead and marry her? Why? Because, as you said:

I think when you go out for a few years, you either take it to another level or you break up, right? There was nothing glaringly wrong on paper.

Huh? Really, that’s your excuse? Unfortunately, Lopez is not alone in getting married for the wrong reasons. Here are a few more mistakes that both men and women make when deciding whether to head down the aisle:

He or she has been given an ultimatum. Demanding to get married or else is never a good way to start a marriage. Ultimatums are usually based in the giver's own insecurities and fears.

It’s the next logical step. No, it's not. The next logical step is to wait until you want to get married because you want to get married.

It’s what your partner wants. She wants to get married, take your last name, and start a family. (Or vice versa.) Well, do you? Because if you're doing it for them, chances are you're going to regret it later.

You owe it to him/her. You owe it to both of you to listen to your inner voice. If it's not saying that you should run to the altar together, there's a reason.

Your biological clock is ticking. Wrong. Not a reason to get married. But if you really want to have a baby, then have a baby. Single parenting is really hard, but it's easier than being a parent in a bad marriage.

Get married because you're both madly, passionately in love and want to spend the rest of your lives together in a partnership that makes you feel like the two of you, as a team, can overcome anything. Your chance at a happy, successful, long-lasting marriage will be much higher.

Did someone you know get married for the wrong reason? Did the marriage last?

 

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