Staying Married Now Harder than Ever

It’s no secret, a successful marriage takes work. As if staying married wasn’t difficult enough, military marriages can face even more hurdles than the average marriage. It’s important for active duty members, veterans and their spouses to remember to put the work into their marriage before resorting to divorce.

Family law attorney, Jonathan Simon likes to help families seeking divorce stay together by resolving differences and views divorce as a last option. Here are four of his tips for couples who are struggling in their relationships.

Communication is key

Whether you and your spouse are in a long distance relationship or living together communication is very important to any marriage. Always make sure to express any feelings you may have, positive or negative, with your partner. Sharing your feelings is just as important as listening to your spouse. Make sure whenever they are speaking to you that you take the time to listen to what they are really saying.

Be a supportive spouse

This is especially important for military marriages. Whether it involves work or personal matters, your spouse will go through rough times. It’s important to make sure you are being supportive of your partner regardless of the situation. Remember you want to be a friend not a critic. Even if you disagree with your spouse’s decisions, make sure you are not making them feel attacked.

Remember affection

Whether you’ve been together one year or twenty years, never stop showing your spouse affection. Even if your military spouse is overseas, you can send letters, packages or even emails to show you care. Couples can also forget how far a simple “thank you” or “I love you” can go. The simple act of letting your spouse know you still care can make all the difference.

Don’t let your pride win

There is always support available for couples going through rough times. Whether your marriage has hit tough times because of common marriage issues, or more severe problems such as PTSD, you can always seek support. There are many people who are willing to help. Reach out to friends, family and even professionals. People will not look down on you for seeking support. . Couples who work through their issues later report more appreciation for their spouse and marriage.

A strong marriage takes work; only those who are willing to put in the effort will come through as a stronger couple. For military couples there are many obstacles that can stand in the way of a successful marriage. If couples remember to communicate, show affection and support for their spouse, the marriage will thrive.

For additional information on Jonathan Simon visit: http:/www.theorlandofamilyfirm.com

Jonathan Simon, founder of The Orlando Family Firm, believes that the best option for couples is to remain in a healthy marriage.  Divorce should be the last option considered if the steps above fail.  If you find yourself in a divorce situation, Jonathan has the trial and mediation experience necessary to bring your case to a prompt resolution.

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