"Do we really need pre-marriage counseling? We are so happy now and have few problems." Many couples think the same way, but here are the facts.
About 50% of American couples experience divorce, and the median duration of the first marriage is 8 years.
No one enters a marriage thinking that s/he will get a divorce in the future. We wish the happiness will last forever, and feel that we are in the 50% who will make it. But marriage takes efforts and work to keep it strong.
Research shows that premarital education cuts divorce rates by 30%. Across race, income, and education levels, research reflects that those people who attended a program tend to have higher levels of satisfaction and commitment in marriage and lower levels of marital conflicts.
Do you think it is a good idea to sit down and talk about marriage with your partner?
Here are some other facts.
The average cost of a wedding in the U.S. was about $30,000 in 2006, not including the engagement ring and honeymoon. The average cost of a engagement ring is $6,300. The average cost of flower is $700. The cost of pre-marriage counseling is $60 per session, which lasts a lifetime.
Pre-marriatal counseling will offer you and your partner unique opportunities to talk more openly about your relationship, strengths, and concerns, and teach you communication and conflict resolution skills, which can be applied to common marriage problems. When you are happy, it is much easier to talk about your relationship, concerns, and future. A good counseling program will help you and your partner communicate better, sort out your concerns, and strengthen your relationship with your partner. You will also talk about money and marriage 101, marriage myths to help you have realistic expectations about marriage, and marriage tips and advice. It is all about how to save your marriage.
We use the
PREPARE/ENRICH Program. It is one of the best-known and respected premarital counseling programs in the world. It is available in several languages and has been utilized by 2.5 million couples since 1980.
This program provides you and your partner a clear picture of what you are experiencing in your relationship by using A PREPARE/ENRICH inventory.
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