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Published on August 3rd, 2016 | by Home and Family

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Family Counseling Techniques can Reduce the Chances of a Divorce

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There is no arguing the fact the percentage of couples that get divorced have risen considerably over recent decades. According to national studies, 40% to 50% of all first marriages will end in divorce. Meanwhile, the same study suggests that 60% of second marriages will end in divorce. These numbers are based on national averages.


Statistically, there is roughly one divorce filed every 36 seconds in the United States. That equals 2,400 divorces each and every day; 16,800 divorces every week, and 879,000 divorces every year. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the average length of a first marriage that ends in divorce is eight years; slightly longer than the rumored seven-year itch.

These statistics create a rather dismal picture of marriage in the United States. It may even deter many from getting married or remarried. However, not all marriages are doomed for divorce. Research show that 93% of patients that work with a marriage or family therapist reported having more effective tools for dealing with their problems. While this doesn?t guarantee marital problems can be resolved, it does provide hope and shows that some relationships can be saved.

According to research conducted and published by the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapists, families that attend therapy sessions and learn family counseling techniques report a high level of satisfaction. Over 95% reported receiving good or excellent therapy and a similar percentage of patients reported getting the help they needed.

When couples that did not receive therapy were compared to couples that did pursue therapy, 75% of the couples that pursued therapy were better off than those that did not receive therapy. Therapy doesn?t have to be reserved solely as a means of saving a marriage. It is also an excellent tool for setting a marriage on the right path from the start.

According to one study, couples that went through pre-marriage counseling had a 30% higher success rate than couples that did not. Additionally, the benefit does not require many hours or weeks of therapy. On average, couples spent eight hours in premarital counseling. Premarital counseling topics can range from money issues to future children and living arrangements.

Family counseling techniques can help couples, as well as families, learn to communicate better and resolve issues faster and with less tension. Counseling techniques can help individuals within the family understand each other better.


Family counseling techniques can also be used to help children deal a divorce in a healthy way. Over one million children are involved in a divorce every year. If not provided help and guidance through the divorce process, children can fall into cycles of self-blame, anger, and depression. They can become distant or struggle to convey their emotions in a healthy way. Child development counselors can help divorcing parents communicate with their children in an age-appropriate way as well as talk to their children about what is happening.

A family counselor can offer both marriage advice and advice for parents on communicating with their children. A counselor can meet with the children and parents separately to get a better understanding of how everyone feels about the changes that happening in the family.

Having a happy marriage and home life is highly rated by American adults as one is important to them. However, a happy marriage doesn?t just happen. Often times they require work and understanding. Family or couples counseling can help married couples work through difficult times and strengthen their marriage moving forward.


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