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Getting married without pre-marriage counseling is like starting a business or any important venture without preparation and the skills to run the business. It is not surprising that half of all marriages end in divorce and only half of those that endure are truly happy in the long run. Many happy engaged couples assume that they won’t be contributing to these statistics. Some mistakenly believe that having lived together or known each other for a long time will prepare them for marriage. Surprisingly, research shows that cohabiting couples have no better chance at marriage success than others as the main reason for failing marriages is lack of relational/intimate skills.
Most couples just don’t realize that good, skill-based pre-marriage education can reduce the risk of divorce by up to thirty percent and lead to a significantly happier marriage. It can also reduce the stress of the pre-wedding period. There is no reason to make the effort now to increase your marriage success and to do everything you can to ensure that your dreams of a great marriage and a great life are realized.
Pre-marriage preparation is based on the reality that it’s important to strengthen your relationship and prepare constructively for future challenges and conflicts that everyone will inevitably face at some point in their marriage, now while you have so much fresh positive energy in your relationship. Don’t stick your head in the sand. The research shows that there is a window of opportunity during the year before the wedding and the six months or so after when couples get the optimum benefit from marriage preparation. Later, under stress, negative habits and relationship patterns may become established and be much harder to resolve.
Without marital foundation, such strong, well-established abilities to communicate, resolve issues, maintain mutuality and set goals, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed by today challenges, role, responsibilities and expectations. As such, marriage preparation functions as an immunization that boosts your capacity to handle potential difficulties.
Premarital counseling led by Licensed Marriage Family Therapist (LMFT) and Marriage Counselor provides many skills to deepen intimacy in relationship. It is also for couples who want to rekindle and enhance an already good relationship.