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Relationships-Pre Cana QuestionsBefore many couples are married, they may attend pre-marriage counseling. No matter how long the couple dated before taking the next step in their relationship, there may be things yet to be discussed. Bringing up topics like role expectations, family expectations, money, children, is important before the knot is tied. Work through these topics and solve any issues you may have.

Below are sample questions presented to a couple in their counseling sessions. Each person answered the questions separately, then came back together to discuss their answers and reasoning. Make sure your marital bases are covered before you take the plunge. Answer agree or disagree.

Role Expectations

  • We agree on our future goals and ambitions as a family
  • I feel that my social background limits me with my future husband's/wife's friends
  • I am content with what my future husband/wife expects of me in our marriage
  • I have some concerns about my educational background causing problems between us
  • My future husband/wife agrees with my goals and plans for the future
  • We have discussed our duties involved in running our home
  • Each of us understands the other's career needs
  • We are satisfied with the things each of us has agreed to do around our home
  • We have worked out who will be the wage earner(s) in our family
  • I am comfortable with the responsibilities around our home which I expect will be mine
  • We have discussed the stresses one or both of our careers may place on relationship
  • One or both of our jobs is causing some problems in our relationship

Family Issues

  • Our families agree with our lifestyle
  • We may have problems because our families have quite different cultural (social/economic/ethnic) values
  • I am concerned that financial help from our families will cause us some problems
  • I worry that either of our families will cause friction between us
  • My future husband/wife is too dependent on his/her family
  • My family agrees with my choice of a mate
  • My future husband's/wife's family approve of me
  • I am uncomfortable when I am around some members of my future husband's/wife's family

Marriage Expectations

  • We have discussed what the words of our marriage vows will mean for us
  • Pregnancy has affected our marriage plans
  • At times I have strong doubts that I have made the right choice of a mate
  • My future husband/wife wants to get married sooner than I do
  • There are times when I doubt my future husband/wife has made the right choice of mate
  • Neither of us feels we are being pushed into marriage
  • We have discussed what could happen that would end our marriage
  • I feel that I have had little to do with the decisions made about our wedding
  • The thought of never being married is frightening to me
  • I am feeling great pressure from someone about our wedding plans
  • I will solve a number of problems I now have by getting married
  • There is a conflict between us about the type of wedding we want
  • My future husband/wife and I agree that marriage binds us together for life
  • There are some objections to our marriage
  • We have made plans about where we will live when we are married

Tally your answers and cross reference them with your future spouse. You may find you're on the same page, you may not. Either way, these questions are a good jumping off point for engaged couples or even those who maybe be considering marriage in the future. To seek further information about pre-marital questions, exercises, or counseling, check out certified counselors in Holland and Grand Rapids, or inquire at your place of worship.

Source: Heather Watkowski Photo: Benjamin Earwicker

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