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Most marriages will go through difficult patches. Being aware of the reasons they struggle can help you take proactive action to reduce the risk yours ends in divorce.

These are some ways to reduce the risk of divorce:

  • Do not expect marriage to change someone: If your husband is a womanizer, don’t believe you can change that by putting a ring on his finger. If you do not get on with your partner’s mother, remember that getting married will mean you have to deal with her for years to come.
  • Choose a compatible partner: Despite what people say about opposites attracting, differences between you could lead to problems later. If you dream of raising a clan of strong free-spirited women, but your future husband believes women should concentrate on cooking and cleaning, you may be marrying the wrong person.
  • Be clear about money: Going from a single life, where you do not have to answer to anyone about how you spend your money can be challenging. Set out how you expect your financial relationship to work. It is especially important if you plan to have children due to the added costs they bring and the fact that one of you may have to reduce your financial independence to raise the children.
  • Understand the legal implications of marriage and divorce: When you sign the register, you are signing a contract. Ensure you know what you are committing to.
  • Discuss things: Couples who can talk honestly with each other are less likely to let their differences grow into problems.

Many people assume family law attorneys are only for when things go wrong. However, they can help you set up a solid prenuptial agreement too. If you and your spouse can have an honest discussion about your finances before you tie the knot, it provides a solid base to build a future together.