Post # 1
FI and I are not religious, so we have no obligatory pre-marital counseling. However, we both would really like to do a few sessions with a family counselor/psychologist in a non-religious vein to prepare ourselves for the challenges of marriage. I think there are certain “tough questions” that need to be discussed, and we both agree it’s a good idea to have someone help us prepare for the challenges of married life.
Did/are you and your FI have/having secular (non-religious based) pre-marital counseling? Can you share your experiences with it and whether or not you found it beneficial?
Post # 3
@laureneliz87: I’m curious about this too. I think it has value. I remember reading an interview with Will Smith asking how he and Jada have survived hollywood this long – he said they started going to cousneslling very early in their relationship and took divorce off the table up front.
Post # 4
Me and my FI did it when we moved in together and started having some trouble adjusting. We were only dating at the time, but I really think counseling helped us to the ring! It became a really nice part of our week to have an hour to just focus on us. Sometimes with work and family and just regular life your relationship becomes less of a priority and that hour was time for just us. Also, instead of ignoring certain issues or just screaming about them we were forced to deal with them in a productive way. I really recommend it!