What would be the best gift that you could give your future spouse to ensure that your marriage starts off with a better chance for a lifetime of happiness? Would a few hours of your time be worth it? If you want to have a relationship that is full of joy, support and passion for a lifetime, then you need to have the skills to make it work.
Premarital counseling provides many benefits. For example, premarital counseling allows you to think through and talk about how you’ll communicate, solve problems, make decisions, structure your family, and interact with the world. In addition, it provides a time and space where you can step back from wedding planning and do some marriage planning. And it allows you to explore how influences from your families of origin might play out over time in your marriage.
You’ll have an opportunity to talk about the big, obvious issues like goals, sex, money, and managing conflict. But you’ll also talk about the more important everyday things, like how you spend your leisure time and division of responsibilities in your household. Understanding where each partner stands on these issues allows couples to go into marriage with their eyes wide open and with realistic expectations about the life they are creating together.