ARDMORE, Okla. -- For couples in Oklahoma who want to better their relationships, advice wasn’t to far away. One group in Ardmore met with those looking to keep their marriage together.
“It is effective, and more people should probably try to attend it."
Megan Spence and her husband were one of many couples looking to improve their relationship. The Oklahoma Marriage Initiatives “All About You Day” was there to help.
“We kind of live in a very individualistic society and because of that, people are always looking for what is in it for them." Debbie Bell is with OMI and says couples that end in divorce, end up costing the communities in which they live, an average of $30,000 dollars a year. An extra incentive to reduce the rate of separations within the state.
“Maybe a little hard to get them in the door, but once their here and they hear the presentation, they see the tools and they get that ah ha moment, this could make a difference in my life."
Organizers say Oklahoma has one of the highest divorce rates in the country and to improve that, Bell says improving communication is the number one step. “Everybody knows there are ups and downs in marriages. It helps to learn personalities and what you can do to make it work."
Keeping other parties in mind is also key. "We always try to have the best outcome for everybody but the children, the children are really affected."
Organizers say those who attend these sessions aren’t just there to improve their relationships. “Somebody would get some tools under their belt before attempting something. Maybe they haven’t done it so well in the past and maybe they want to do it a little bit better."
Engage couples who attended the program are eligible to receive a discount on their Oklahoma Marriage License.