Pre-marital counseling can strengthen a relationship especially for couples at risk. As divorce rates continue to rise in the United States, more and more couples are approaching marriage with increasing caution. While Americans are still opting for marriage, many are looking for opportunities to damage-proof their relationships before they say “I do.” Pre-marital counseling is just one approach couples are taking.
- To assist couples in developing skills to navigate their way through marriage successfully
- To identify (and if possible resolve) areas of difference between couples that may become a source of conflict later
Many professionals performing pre-marital counseling will use assessment tools to help identify these potential difficulties. The assessment addresses the following areas, all common discussion grounds in pre-marital counseling: Interests and Activities, Role Expectations, Personal Adjustment, Interpersonal Communication, Religion and Philosophy, Marriage Expectations, Family Issues, Finances, Children (and Parenting), Sexuality.