Premarital Counseling
 
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I want my life and my marriage to look 
less like the world and more like Christ.
Marquis Clark
 What to Expect
We have developed an eight session premarital plan that assists the couple in preparing for married life. In addition to exploring topics such as expectations for marriage, healthy communication, and managing conflict, couples will consider biblical guidelines for marriages. Couples are encouraged to take the Prepare-Enrich instrument as part of their counseling experience. The Prepare measures a variety of topics that impact relationships which will be further discussed during the sessions. The instrument is also available in versions for those who have children from a previous marriage and those who are over 50 getting remarried due to death or divorce. Because Southcliff is an approved provider for Texas' Twogether in Texas program, upon completion of all sessions, the couple will receive a certificate that will allow them to purchase their marriage license at a reduced rate in Texas. 
Prepare/Enrich Testing 
PREPARE/ENRICH leads the way in helping couples explore and strengthen their relationships. The main component of the program is an online survey you each complete in about 30-45 minutes. PREPARE/ENRICH is not just any survey. The items you respond to are based on research and are intended to help you identify the unique strengths and potential growth areas of your premarital or married relationship. You'll meet with a facilitator trained to provide feedback by helping you understand your results and learn important relationship skills. Built on a solid research foundation, PREPARE/ENRICH has been improved and refined over the years to become one of the best, most effective, easy-to-use relationship assessment tools available.
Click here for the Prepare/Enrich assessment: Prepare Enrich Assessment
Every love story is beautiful but our is my favorite.
Twogether in Texas 
Southcliff Counseling Center is an approved partner with Twogether in Texas, a program that promotes healthy marriages and families by waiving the marriage license fee for couples that complete 8-hour counseling sessions. 

Commonly asked questions:
Is our marriage license free if we successfully complete 8-hours of premarital counseling?

The $60 state portion of the marriage license fee will be waived if you complete an approved premarital counseling program and present your certificate to the county clerk. Some counties may add an additional fee to the marriage license which is not waived.


If we complete 8-hours of premarital counseling, do we have to wait 72 hours before getting married?

The county clerk will waive the 72-hour waiting period for couples who present a certificate of completion proving they completed 8-hours of premarital counseling.


Once we have completed 8-hours of premarital counseling and get a certificate, how long is the certificate good for?

The certificate is good for one year and serves as proof that the couple is eligible for the discounted marriage license fee and can waive the 72-hour waiting period.
At Southcliff Christian Counseling Center, 
we do not tell couples whether or not they should be married. 
We simply provide them with the skills they 
need to make their marriage healthy.