Are you and your partner planning a long-term commitment to each other?
Would you like to discuss stressors that could occur in your marriage?
Do you and your partner need help with conflict resolution?
Do you and your partner feel the same way about children and intimacy?
Do you and your partner share financial goals and how money should be spent?
There are a variety of issues that could occur in any marriage. Premarital counseling provides an opportunity to discuss potential sources of conflict in your marriage and a way to learn effective methods of resolving these conflicts. Research has shown that the average couple who participates in premarital counseling reports a 30% stronger marriage than couples who don’t.
Some of the topics commonly covered in premarital counseling are finances, parenting methods and issues of intimacy. This can include discussion of when both partners would like to start a family, if at all, as well as intimacy with your partner. Premarital counseling helps determine how you and your partner communicate and each person’s beliefs or expectations for the marriage. Perhaps most importantly, receiving counseling before marriage can improve communication with your partner and remove any dysfunctional behaviors before they cause problems.