Premarital counseling helps couples prepare for marriage. Keep in mind that you bring your own values, opinions and history into a relationship, and they might not always match your partner's. For example, family systems and religious beliefs vary greatly. Many couples have experienced very different upbringings with different role models for relationship and marriage. Many people go into marriage believing it will fulfill their social, financial, sexual and emotional needs — and that's not always the case. By discussing differences and expectations before marriage, you and your partner can better understand and support each other during marriage.
Premarital counseling can help ensure that you and your partner have a strong, healthy relationship — giving you a better chance for a stable and satisfying marriage. This kind of counseling can also help you identify weaknesses that could become problems during marriage. As you discuss the foundations of marriage with your mate you'll be guided through discussions around topics related to marriage, such as: conflict, communication, caring, and commitment. Premarital counseling helps partners improve their ability to communicate, set realistic expectations for marriage and develop conflict-resolution skills. In addition, premarital counseling can help couples establish a positive attitude about seeking help down the road.
Most couples choose the 4 session Foundations package. This package includes: Four 1 hour in person or virtual sessions, a one month free subscription to the Lasting Marriage App and a $50 discount on your marriage license fee from the county.