Newly engaged couples tend to take charge of their relationship by seeking help via premarital counseling. This helps in strengthening their relationship and handle personal issues. The success and failure of a relationship depend on the way a couple handles problems.
It is important to know what to expect in different categories of marriage, starting from the relationship itself to children, financials, sex, and other important topics.
Marriage is the bonding of two different people who have different views; it is important to sit down and talk about the success of their marriage on important topics.
The best premarital counseling topics to talk about are the ones that will help prepare the couple, increase their communication skills and also discuss problems that may arise in the future. Knowing what to expect in your partner will help in the success of your relationship.
Keep on reading to find out the top 5 premarital counseling topics and questions!
1. Relationship goals
This is the first thing you must discuss with your soon to be spouse. If you don’t know why you are settling down and have different views on getting married, then you may have problems in the long run. The more open you are right now, the fewer problems you will have in the future.
Ask yourself and your companion the following questions:
- Why do you want to get married?
- What do you want to achieve as a couple?
- Will our relationship change once we get married? If yes then how.
- Where do you think you’ll be in the next ten years?
- How do you describe yourself?
- How do you describe me?
- How will you describe us?
2. Personal habits
If you have not lived with your spouse before the marriage, then there can be a lot of things that may surprise you once you share a home. You may think that drinking and physical abuse do not come under the same category as household chores and financial responsibility, but you are wrong. Even the slightest things can tick you off and get under your skin.
Make sure to ask the following question with your partner:
- What are your opinions on knowing another person’s mental and physical health history?
- How often you drink and when do you prefer to drink?
- Have you ever raised your hand at a girl/boy?
- Do you have a past criminal record?
- Will you help in cleaning the house?
- How can we divide our household chores?
3. Spiritual beliefs
For most people there spiritual beliefs are very important and play a huge role in their lives. Even though having religious and spiritual beliefs today can be a very taboo topic, they do play a big role in your marriage and your future. Consider the following questions:
- How big of a role does religion play in your life?
- Do you think faith and spirituality go hand in hand?
- How important to do you think faith is in a marriage?
- What is your image of our creator?
Money is the number one issue of stress in a family, and sometimes it can even lead to breaking up a family and causes divorce. This is why it is very important that you and your partner have a very clear understanding of this topic from the start of your marriage.
You don’t have to agree on everything, but as a couple, it is important that you deal with your financial issues beforehand. Discuss the following questions with your spouse beforehand:
- Can we discuss money?
- Are you a spender or a saver?
- What are our assets and how much debt do we have?
- What is our budget?
- Where does all our money gets spent?
- What are your financial goals?
- Should we have a separate account, joint account or both?
- Who should have the responsibility to pay bills?
- What is your opinion on purchasing a house together?
- What is your opinion on having a vacation every year?
Many couples do not want to have kids, but this is an important topic in marriage. It is nice to have an open dialogue on children and lay out the foundations. Make sure to ask these questions with your spouse to know you are both on the same page:
- Do you want to have children?
- How many children do you want?
- How long do you want to stay married before having children?
- What is your parenting technique and philosophy?
- How will we manage to raise a kid with jobs?
- What is your opinion about adoption?
- What birth control should we use in order to postpone pregnancy?
Answering these questions in a premarital counseling session should prepare you well for your forthcoming married life.