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(Southampton, UK)– A rocky marriage is not uncommon, especially in the early years when the foundation of the relationship is being built. According to marriage experts, the “Seven-year itch” is still alive and well, leading to a myriad of issues as couples begin experiencing problems. The overall divorce rate has fallen to around 9.8 per 1,000 couples, across the United Kingdom but for those struggling to keep things together, there is still hope.
A relationship expert from Relationship Scope recently shared insight into why marriages so often fail. “A breakdown in communication is one of the biggest issues facing marriages today. With cell phone use on the rise, we no longer know how to actually talk to people face to face and communication becomes more mechanical, causing us to lose that spark we once had.”
Counseling can be instrumental in helping couples learn to communicate more effectively. Because individuals are so busy, they often find it cumbersome to have regular counseling visits which make treatment difficult. With online marriage counseling, couples receive the intervention they need, without feeling ashamed because of in-person interventions.
According to the Journal of Marital and Family Therapy, around seven out of ten couples receive benefit from marriage counseling. While counseling is most effective when both parties participate, the Relationship Scope representative says do not discount the benefit of only one seeking help. “Sometimes, it can be beneficial for an individual to seek counseling alone. Once they begin to work on their own issues, they can better deal with their spouse, to help positive changes come to fruition.”
There is no single key to avoiding divorce but if both parties in the marriage are committed to making things work, they can certainly make a difference. Having an open mind and tackling each issue one at a time can prevent couples from feeling overwhelmed in the process of trying to overcome their issues and save their marriage.
It is important couples realize their marriage problems did not begin overnight and they won’t be settled overnight either. It takes consistent work and desire but almost any marriage can be saved with the right intervention. Counseling can help to prevent a full breakdown in communication, especially when it is pursued early on when problems are just beginning. Working on the marriage before it officially ends helps to prevent either party from feeling regret if it does.
About Relationship Scope
Relationship Scope is a free website that offers helpful information for couples who are considering divorce, struggling, or simply want to prepare themselves for marriage. They talk about the real issues that truly help couples come to terms with their problems and find suitable solutions that help them stay together. With their weekly blog posts, they consistently offer new insight into relationship issues and how couples can avoid them. They are the go-to source for all couples who want to increase their insight into their relationships so they can stay committed and happy.
Advanced reading: There Is Still Hope For Couples Who are Ready to Say “I Don’t”