You’re planning a huge wedding, and you’re so happy and excited to walk down the aisle. Many couples believe that they will be on a post-wedding high for a long time. The first year of marriage will be so fun and blissful. Right?
Not necessarily. Even if a couple lives together before getting married, the transition from fiancé and fiancée to husband and wife is still a major transition. You are now legally together in the eyes of the law. It suddenly becomes real.
And this can be stressful for couples. You are now responsible for each other, and this may mean taking on your spouse’s debts. You are navigating through life together, which comes with a lot of stress. There are finances to consider, as well as work and possibly children. You’ll also need to consider your futures together. What goals do you have?
Marriage is no easy task. It can bring about significant life challenges. Here are some things you may discover during your first year as husband and wife.
Marriage is a binding contract. There’s a lot more at stake now. In the past, if you and your partner had a disagreement, you could simply break up and move on. That’s no longer the case once you get married. Everything’s a big deal now and things suddenly get more intense.
You might have taken care of your partner before marriage, but marriage takes things to a whole new level. You now have to love this person “in sickness and in health.” This can be a daunting task, but be sure to take the time to take care of yourself as well. You don’t want to get burned out, which can cause even more stress in a marriage.
With marriage comes more responsibility, especially in terms of finances. You could decide to have a joint bank account or pay taxes together. If you haven’t discussed money matters yet, you could be in for a rude awakening. This is especially true if you and your spouse are not on the same page financially.
It’s no longer just you and your family. You now have to deal with your spouse’s family as well. While you may be focusing on forming your own family unit, you do need to have a discussion about establishing boundaries and spending time with loved ones.
Marriage is hard, and while many couples may refer to the first year as the honeymoon phase, it can still be challenging for some people. It’s possible you could question your decision to get married.
Are you struggling with your marriage? If things are just not working out and you’re ready to start the divorce process, a Columbia family lawyer from The Law Offices of Todd K. Mohink, P.A. can help. We understand all the emotional and legal aspects involved. Get started with a free consultation. Call (410) 774-5987 or fill out the online form.
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