A relationship is something that grows over the course of time. Some might become stale after a period of time which is natural. You have to take a proactive approach to keep a relationship healthy as true relationships take effort/work. Marriage is a huge decision so you have to be very confident in your relationship to proceed. Create a checklist of questions or concerns before you decide to get married. You do not want red flags to be ignored leading to years of misery in an unhappy marriage. The following are things that you should know about marriage as your relationship continues to progress. 

Prenuptial Agreements 

There is a chance that you and your potential partner have vastly different income levels. Premarital property is also very important as this is not split after a divorce. A prenuptial agreement protects both parties rather than just the one with more in terms of money. Finding an attorney to write these agreements up can be very important. Finding a property division lawyer can be very important if you do get married without a prenuptial agreement. 

A Look At Any Past Relationships/Marriages

Taking a look at your and your potential partner’s former relationships can be very telling. You should not base all choices on this as people do change as they get older. What a person did when they are younger might not be remotely who that person is today. Infidelity in another relationship can be a red flag as this is a complete betrayal of trust. Abuse is something that should never be tolerated as toxic relationships are full of abuse by both parties. 

Sit Down And Talk About Important Choices

There are going to be so many different types of choices you will have to make as a married couple. A huge source of contention is how to raise children as people have vastly different parenting styles and upbringings. This can include what religion to raise the children in as politics and religion can lead to fights between couples as well as their families. You also need to be realistic about the family of your spouse as some families have a strange dynamic. 

Head To A Marriage Counselor To Be Proactive 

Heading to relationship counseling before diving into the serious decision of getting married can be wise. There are so many issues that you might not realize that you have to delve through. There are secular and traditional marriage counselors so there are options. The important thing to note is that marriage counseling can be expensive but not as expensive as some divorce proceedings can be. Heading to a counselor can help reveal some positive and negative aspects of your relationship. 

A relationship that is starting to get serious might come with the big question in a matter of months. You need to examine your relationship very closely before making any big decisions. A failed marriage can take years to recover from and some people do not recover at all.