Research both in United States and in Germany show that skill-based marriage preparation helps lower divorce rates. In general, findings indicate that if couples communicate well, learn how to address and resolve conflicts, enhance their commitment while building intimacy and friendship, they will have greatly reduced the reasons for divorce based on surveys of those who do divorce.
The best time for marriage preparation is when you feel motivated to learn relationship skill and strengthen your relationship. Prior to marriage may be the best time; however, couples in the first few years of marriage may also benefit from the course. Learning relationship skill and developing healthy relationship habits early on may prevent a lot of unnecessary heartache in the future.