Temporary Separation while the Marriage Counseling is in Process?
‘Short Separation’ could serve as a Marriage Counseling Tactic. But “can a marital separation save a marriage?” Usually my opinion is: it depends…
I may quickly support a separation, for example when one spouse is living in an intolerable situation in the marriage. But fortunately enough, these are not the majority of cases I have encountered; which result in more complexities for me, as the professional counselor.
The main issue is the motivation and the attitude of each partner: does each spouse want the marriage to work? Is there a strong willingness to seek marriage counseling and work on the problems and issues while they are separated?
A separation can be a time of healing, gaining strength and adding social resources to build new ties. Conversely living apart will allow each to pursue alternative relationships in which distance detachment and distance prevails while this period of ‘trial for a better luck’ continues.
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Whether the separation will help or hurt the marriage is unknown, unless you know the couple, have listened to them and assessed their mental state.
Needless to say, a professional marriage counseling process should feed-back the gained impression to the couple.