The first year of marriage is huge for any couple for many reasons; even if that couple has lived together for some time. Marriage is different than dating or living together.
Research has shown that marriage is a developmental process that involves change, adjustment, and growth. Below are some of the findings from research on just how difficult it is to be newly married:
51% reported that the number of arguments they both had with their mate changed after the wedding.
52% reported that their tendency to be critical of their mate changed.
54% reported feelings of self-confidence changed after marriage.
42% reported that they found marriage to be harder than they expected.
47% reported that their own family changed after marriage.
58% reported that their attitude towards work changed.
The first year is a year of learning, sharing and adapting. Theses changes make the "Honeymoon" period, Hell on Earth for most couples. Remember, marriage counseling can help with a competent marriage counselor.
Many couples get help 6 years after they need it. Most divorces occur after 7 years of marriage.
Don't wait to get the help for your marriage that you need.