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Marriage Counseling

Marriage counseling helps couples evaluate marital issues and assess marital strengths and weaknesses. Through marriage counseling, couples can clarify their concerns and make decisions whether to work toward reconciliation or to terminate an unsuccessful marriage.

When a couple chooses to work toward reconciliation, counseling focuses on building marital strength. If couples choose to end the marriage, individual counseling may benefit each spouse in addressing individual concerns and providing adjustment support. According to the Pennsylvania Divorce Code, when the grounds for a divorce are indignities or irretrievable breakdown of a marriage either party may request marriage counseling. The courts can order both parties in the divorce to attend up to three (3) one-hour sessions of marriage counseling.

A list of marriage counselors is available at the Erie County Court House in the Prothonotary's office. The phone number there is (814) 451-6076. Also, information regarding marriage counseling can be found in the yellow pages of the telephone directory under Marriage and Family Counselors.   10/11

If you need to consult with an attorney, please contact the Erie County Bar Association's Lawyer Referral Service.