Thursday, February 10, 2011

Going Through a Divorce? Marriage Counseling Can Work

by Wendy Alton

Even if you are in the middle of a divorce, marriage counseling can help to save your marriage.

A common question asked is “Help! My husband filed for divorce, but I want to give it another try. I think he will commit to marriage counseling, but will it really work?”

Answer: Marriage counseling can always help save your marriage, even if you are in the middle of a divorce.

The State of North Dakota is considering a law making marriage counseling mandatory for couples who want to get divorced. This law would require couples who want to divorce to actually postpone that divorce for a year, and go through mandatory marriage counseling. The only exemption would be if there were substantiated allegations of domestic violence in the marriage.

According to Dr. Gail Majcher, a Northville psychologist, marriage counseling is a good idea for the majority of cases. She reports that as many as 70% of couples have already filed for divorce when they first come in. She explains that counseling should not be implemented for abuse cases.

As a Northville divorce lawyer, I have to admit that a 70% success rate in marriage counseling is surprising—but also very encouraging. So, from a professional who knows from experience, marriage counseling can absolutely save your marriage, even if you have filed for divorce.

If you are interested in learning more about divorce or family law, please call Wendy Alton at 248-380-9976 or email her at

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