Today there are many pressures placed upon a marriage, especially at the beginning of the relationship. Research has shown that the better prepared a couple is before their wedding day, the more likely their marriage will be successful and fulfilling. This page offers several resources for you to consider as you prepare for marriage.
Save money on your Florida state marriage license:
In Florida you can save $32.50 off of the price of your marriage license if you complete four hours of marriage preparation under the guidance of a pastor, counselor, or other designated professional. The marriage education can include training about conflict resolution, communication skills, financial management, and parenting.
One resource for premarital education and preparation are the websites of your local Florida County Clerk of the Court’s office. Most clerks of court have lists of churches, synagogues, and other locations in your area where marriage education and marriage preparation resources are available that will meet the requirement in order to get the discount on the marriage license. See the marriage license section of your local Clerk of the Court office to find these resources.
Focus on the Family: Preparing for Marriage
One of the country’s leading organizations helping marriages and families thrive is Focus on the Family. They have created a page with frequently asked questions about adequately preparing yourself for the biggest day of your life.
One of the most effective online tools to prepare for marriage is the Couple Checkup. Thousands of couples a year take this online assessment to help you and your partner build a more satisfying and intimate relationship. Just answering the questions will stimulate thoughts and attitudes about your relationship. It is designed to activate dialogue, discovery, and increase the overall quality of your relationship.
The Couple Checkup will automatically select applicable questions for you and your partner. It is designed for any couple desiring to enrich their relationship.
Within 30 seconds after you both complete the Checkup online, you may view and print your Checkup Report. You will receive a 15-20 page report with your results broken down into relational categories. The Couple Checkup was developed by Dr. David Olson and Dr. Peter Larson at Life Innovations in Minnesota.
Start Smart Program
Start Smart is a comprehensive premarital program that has four core elements:
• An Online Premarital Inventory – one of the most substantive and exhaustively researched premarital inventory in America
• The Start Smart Class – course provided by Live the Life that teaches communication and conflict resolution skills
• The Start Smart Workbook – maximize the premarital experience with this workbook, packed with innovative exercises and meaningful content. This content will be beneficial for the class and for years to come!
Click here to learn more about Smart Start