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8 Conversations to Have Before Marriage

Poor communication before marriage is one of the most obvious indicators of a future failed marriage. If you can’t talk to your significant other about the important stuff now, you might as well keep a lawyer on standby. Experts suggest that talking about these eight key topics can save couples nights of arguing down the line.

Finances

Not surprisingly, disagreements about finances are one of the biggest reasons why couples attend couples therapy. Forming a plan of action for dealing with debt and other expenses can relieve the stress before it begins.

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Kids

Kids

Some can’t stand children while others want fifty. While couples need not agree on an exact number of kids, they should be sure that they don’t enter the marriage with false expectations.

Privacy

With social media becoming part of every person’s life, couples should agree before marriage on how they want to handle passwords, private messaging, and information sharing over the Internet.

Career Goals

Marriage doesn’t mean giving up on your career goals, but it does mean coordinating them with your significant other. If your future spouse cannot make room for you (or a future family) in their plans, it’s better to talk about it now rather than in couples therapy.

Parents & Family

If you don’t want a repeat of “My Big Fat Greek Wedding” in your own nuptials, a conversation about family is a must.

Life Goals

It’s always a good idea to know whether your significant other wants to settle down in the Utah suburbs or live it up in a high-rise in Manhattan. Working toward the same goals can keep marriages together through the toughest of times.

Communication

The foundation of any good marriage is communication. Couples can avoid plenty of arguments by simply understanding how the other communicates. Many couples have taken to attending couples therapy even before marriage to iron out communication kinks.

The Bedroom

What happens behind closed doors can put extreme stress on a marriage. Couples should feel free to discuss their romantic life before and during the marriage.

No one is immune to the troubles that can arise during a marriage, whether you’re a young couple in Utah or a pair of divorcees going for marriage number five. Having these conversations before the big day can save every couple from calling up the lawyers down the road.

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Annalee Sine is a writer for Swinton Counseling. She writes for Fusion 360, an advertising agency in Utah. Find her on Google+.

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