Is Love All You Need?
Oftentimes, the engaged couple gets so wrapped up in booking the venue, choosing the flowers, and preparing the ceremony. So much energy is put into the wedding which lasts all but one day. Hence, the marital relationship gets put on the back burner. Given the staggering divorce rates, one of the best things couples can do to help save their marriage before it begins is premarital counseling. When a couple is able to take their relationship seriously and invest time and energy into having what may be the “un-romantic” conversations, they are better able to set themselves up for success.
More specifically, premarital counseling allows couples to face issues that most couples argue about and often lead to divorce. It is not about having a conflict-free relationship; intimate relationships by nature are complex. The thing that determines the success of a relationship is “how” partners handle the conflict. Learning how to effectively communicate and express their needs is imperative to building a solid foundation before embarking on the next chapter of their lives.
Common topics to discuss in Premarital Counseling:
- The meaning of your marriage commitment
- Life long goals
- Mutual expectations
- Living arrangements
- Parents and In-laws
- Gender role expectations
- How to resolve conflict