The dynamic within each family is complex and unique. Issues such as divorce, grief/loss, addiction, or mental health issues can impact families profoundly. Each individual typically deals with these challenges differently and family therapy creates a safe forum for individuals to express their feelings and concerns in productive ways to increase cohesion.
The blending of families is also a difficult process. It is beneficial to engage in some kind of family therapy to strengthen these relationships and make the transition smoother. We have marriage and family therapy experts in the parenting realm.
The divorce rate for second marriages, when only one partner has children, is over 65 percent. When both partners have children, the rate rises to 70 percent and the divorce rate for third marriages is 80 percent. Experts agree the one way to beat the odds of divorce in second marriages is to get educated about step-parenting and blending families with an experienced family therapist.
Studies have shown that pre-marital education of some kind can reduce the divorce rate by up to 30 percent. Couples who seek professional marriage and family counseling help and education about re-marriage, are more satisfied with their relationships and stay together longer and achieve their goals.