People often say that the first year of marriage is the worst, and this may indeed seem to be a very difficult period for the newly married couple. However, if a good foundation is set at the earliest stage, then a solid future can be expected for the marriage. By developing the art of communication, most problems can be dealt with before they get out of hand. The couple needs to find an effective way of working through any conflicts which may surface, and this is effective only when honest communication takes place. Both partners need to be willing to compromise and to meet the other one half-way.