Most of us spend more time preparing for our vocations than we do preparing for marriage. Maybe that is why we are more successful in our jobs than in our marriages. Yet life's meaning is not found in money but in relationships, and marriage is designed to be the most intimate human relationship. If you want a successful marriage, then spend time preparing. - Gary Chapman, PhD, author of The 5 Love Languages
True or False?
- Premarital Education is a series of tests and judgments being made by an outsider on whether a couple should be married to each other. FALSE
relationship and the strengths of the couple as a whole as they move forward together.
- It will let a couple know whether they will stay together or likely end up divorced. FALSE
a couple's ability to resolve conflicts and increase their overall satisfaction and happiness.
- Premarital education is only done by religious leaders, talking about how their faith views marriage and the way a couple should live their lives. FALSE
certification as a Conflict Resolution Specialist and in Diversity, Equity and Inclusion that
creates the foundation of this course. It is taught with a sensitivity to a couple's belief system,
whatever that may be, including from a
- It brings up things we don't want to talk about for fear we might break up over them. FALSE
help a couple feel safer in having difficult conversations, and help them find creative
resolutions to them instead of breaking up over them.
What Is It Exactly?
Premarital education is an opportunity for a couple to set a strong foundation for the rest of their lives together. During each session you'll talk with your partner about many areas of your relationship and set goals and have a map of how you can keep your love strong, healthy and passionate for many years to come. Topics covered include:
- Defining What Marriage Means To Each of You
- Setting an Understanding of What Each Wishes to Gain Thru Marriage
- Understanding Partner Styles, Your Values, and the Roles You Play in Your Relationship
- The Seasons of Your Lives and How to Support Each Other As You Move Through Them
- Exploring Expectations and Where They Come From
- Learning Conflict Resolution Skills and Communication Styles
- Learning How to Forgive When Needed
- Gaining Secrets to Keeping The Love Alive from Those Who've Been Married for Decades
- and more!
- Teaches new skills to couples that help them navigate difficult conversations later on in their relationship. TRUE
- Helps couples to deepen their connection with each other before they even say "I Do." TRUE
- Couples completing premarital counseling reported higher levels of marital satisfaction after five years of marriage. TRUE*
- Couples completing premarital education experienced a 30% decline in the likelihood of divorce over five years of marriage. TRUE*
What You Can Expect
- Premarital education offers a safe space for each party to talk from their heart about things that matter to them
- Confidentiality is assured
- The decision you've made to marry each other is not questioned; it's respected and celebrated
- You will learn more about yourself and your partner than you knew when you began
- You'll have several tools afterward to help you keep your relationship healthy, vibrant and the kind your friends envy for years to come
- Couples have said they feel difficult conversations have become easier to have even before completing the course
- Between sessions you'll have homework consisting of topics for the two of you to explore individually and talk about as a couple
- Four Hour Package
- Twelve Hour Package
Check with the jurisdiction where you will be applying for your marriage license to see if they require premarital education/counseling before applying or if they offer a discount toward the price of a marriage license if you've completed premarital education/counseling.
YES! Premarital Education can be done AFTER marriage too, as a way to strengthen your foundation and gain insight into what makes your relationship work and how to make it even better.
Sessions are held either in person or virtually.
"And still approximately 42% of first marriages end in divorce and the average length of those marriages is only 8 years.
60% of second marriages end in divorce.
73% of all third marriages end in divorce.
What’s the best way to beat the odds? Prevention!
(Dr. Stan Tatkin, PsyD, MFT, Researcher, Clinician, Author)."
'Prevention' does not mean 'don't get married'. It means 'be prepared'.
"One does not brush their teeth once and expect them to stay healthy for the rest of one's life.
Marriage will require ongoing care to stay healthy as well. Start developing
those habits and skills even before you get married for long-term happiness." - Rev. Ronnie Roll
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