Pre-Marriage Therapy: Can You Divorce-Proof Your Relationship?

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The Love Council on Jul 13, 2005 at 11:44AM

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Pre-Marriage Therapy: Can You Divorce-Proof Your Relationship?

a The Love Council on Jul 13, 2005 at 11:44AM

Forget marriage therapy. A recent article in the New York Times calls attention to the fact that more and more couples are seeking professional help for their issues before they walk down the aisle ‑- and oftentimes before they're even engaged. The author, Zoë Wolff, states: "For unwed couples encountering problems and who have decided, at least for the moment, not to break up, therapy serves as a sort of vetting system for the relationship." But what really motivates young couples to seek this level of assistance for their problems? One theory is that the people in their 20s and 30s who grew up in the age of divorce are all too familiar with the cost of a broken home and are looking to work through their angst before the stakes get too high.


But at this stage in the game, if couples are already seeing signs of a failed relationship, can pre-marriage therapy be truly effective as a preventative measure? Can a marriage be divorce-proofed before it begins? We asked our Love Council to weigh in.

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