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Questions To Ask Before Tying The Knot

February 10, 20149 min
First comes love, then comes marriage, but most couples skip a crucial step between their love and their future.Love can be wonderful, special and rare, but love can also be blinding. If you have certain expectations of what your future holds with your significant other (having five kids, practicing a specific religion, working while also being a full time mom) wouldn't you think to talk to your partner before the wedding date?Most couples don't.While dating you are just sharing little things like blankets to watch a movie, food to snack. When you're engaged you're not just sharing the little things anymore, you're sharing things that you might not have realized.So, what questions should you be asking your significant other before or during your path to marriage?One of the fundamentals is asking what you and your significant other expect out of marriage. You have these unspoken expectations of what roles you and your spouse during marriage.Another important question to think about is how do you fight, or communicate about issues that bother you? There have been studies that have had 94 percent accuracy in determining if your relationship will end in a divorce just based off how you handle conflicts during a fight.Marriage and family therapist, Leslie Parrott discusses the important questions to ask before getting married and why you need to ask your partner before saying 'I do'.

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