Question: A Northville Patch reader asked: “Because you see divorces on a daily basis, what do you think are red flags in marriages that lead to divorce?”
Answer: Since Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, rather than talk about red flags, I will respond with advice from a local marriage counselor on how to keep your marriage healthy and happy.
It is true that as a Northville divorce lawyer, I see couples divorcing on a daily basis. Because of this, I do often see certain types of behavior that seem to be common as marriages fall apart. However, because Valentine’s Day is right around the corner, instead of focusing on red flags, I thought it would be helpful to talk about what things a couple could do to keep their marriage happy and healthy.
I spoke again with Dr. Gail Majcher, a Northville psychologist and marriage counselor. Dr. Gail has been counseling couples for 30 years. I asked Dr. Gail if she could share with us what she considered to be the top five signs of a healthy marriage.
Wendy Alton: “Dr. Gail, in your experience, are there things that a couple can do to keep their marriage happy, and if so, what are the top 5 signs of a healthy marriage?”
Dr. Gail: “There are definitely things a couple can do to keep their marriage happy! In my experience, these are the top 5 signs of a healthy marriage:
- Communication. Couples should not only both speak their feelings, but they should also both genuinely listen. One-sided communication doesn’t work.
- Laughter. “A merry heart does good like a medicine.” Proverbs 17:22. Laughter can wipe away hurt and miscommunication. Suddenly big issues feel smaller.
- Appreciation. Couples should speak appreciation each day about something or anything to each other, and also speak appreciation each day about their partner to others.
- Date Night. Couples should have a date night at least once a week. This is especially important when there are children in the home.
- Vacation. Couples should take a vacation at least twice a year. Getting away from the routines of life help us to remember how much we enjoy our partner."
Seems simple, right? As with everything, I would assume that it is more about doing it than just knowing it. As a Northville marriage counselor, Dr. Gail can attest that a couple can make their marriage better by following the 5 simple steps above. Is it worth it? As a Northville divorce attorney, I can say without a doubt that there are no winners in divorce, and divorce comes at a high emotional and financial cost. If you can save your marriage and make it healthier and happier, then yes, it is most definitely worth it!
Dr. Gail is a local Northville psychologist who published a book called “A Worthy Woman: Victory over Domestic Violence, a True Story and Self-Help Book.” She is also WJR's co-host of "Sunday Sessions," a psychological edu-taining show about mental health issues. Dr. Gail can be reached at (248) 345-5050, and her office is at 114 Rayson, Suite One D, Northville.
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