Are We Required to Attend Any Classes or Counseling Before the Wedding?
In Australia, it isn’t mandatory to attend pre-marriage education classes but it is highly recommended. We don’t call it ‘counselling’ because that implies that there could be some problems in your relationship. Education is about identifying any areas that might create conflict in the future. An example might be how you will discipline any children you might have or if you even want to have children. If you have different ideas about anything, you will be taught how to find ways to compromise so that neither of you feels discounted. The most important thing in your relationship is communication and if either of you is not very good at this, a pre-marriage course will help you learn how to express yourself and also to really listen to what your future spouse has to say as well. You will come away at the end of any course with a tools that will help you manage and work through any challenges that you will face during your marriage. I provide my couples with a questionnaire that I strongly recommend they go through together even if they don’t sign up for a course.
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