Maintaining The Marriage Should Be Legal Essay

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Discussion Questions
3.) How important do you think maintaining the marriage should be when a couple enters relationship counseling because of conflict and emotional distress? Do counselors have a greater ethical responsibility to encourage couples to maintain the marriage when children are involved? What guidelines would you provide to a new couple 's counselor trying to help a couple decide whether to stay together or divorce?
I believe that maintaining the marriage should be the decision of the parties involved when a couple enters relationship counseling because of the conflicts and emotional distress that can be involved. I would not want to impose my personal beliefs on my client’s. By having a conversation around what values each client has and what values they each have in common I would allow them a safe space to continue exploring what they want to do as a team. Counselors should not have a greater ethical responsibility to encourage couples to maintain the marriage when children are involved because every family is different and one should not assume that because they have children they have to stay together for the betterment of the family. One reason I would not want to do so is because not all families need to stay together to thrive and I would not want to impose my belief that they should stay together when they could make the family dynamic work with whichever path they choose to take. It is ultimately there own choice to stay together or not stay together…

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