SHOULD YOU SEEK PRE-MARITAL COUNSELING?


When you’re madly in love and planning to get married, counseling is the last thing on your mind. Love can make you blind to the issues that you will be facing, but research has shown that a good skill-based pre-marriage education can reduce the risk of divorce by up to 30% and lead to a significantly happier marriage. The divorce rate in Canada is currently 44% and it is even higher among couples that have been married before. Why not stack the deck in your favour?

Let’s face it; life is stressful – work issues, money issues, children, lack of time, lack of sleep… Now add a marriage or the planning of a wedding into the mix and you have a recipe for simultaneous combustion. Pre-marital counseling deals with issues of life, love, and family including:

In days gone by when most marriages where performed in the local church, synagogue, or mosque, couples were obliged to attend pre-marriage education classes or the religious leader could refuse to perform the ceremony. Although this condition still exists in some parishes, it is becoming increasing rare to hear of a couple who had mandated pre-marital counseling. We all seem to be winging it these days, but with a divorce rate of 44% and lives that are becoming increasing complicated, perhaps we should return to the good old days and attend pre-marital counseling.