Weathering the Storms of Marriage: Insider Tips from a 25-Year Veteran of Marriage and Family Therapy

June 10, 2012

Attorney Lee Rosen hosts Jeff Levy, a Raleigh-based marriage and family therapist, in a StayHappilyMarried.com podcast to help couples identify the best methods for conflict resolution.

Raleigh, North Carolina (PRWEB) June 10, 2012

Couples are using the wrong tools to resolve conflicts, according to Raleigh marriage and family therapist Jeff Levy. Over the past 25 years, Levy has seen the nature of marital conflicts evolve and has helped couples face issues efficiently and effectively. Levy provided fresh insight for couples struggling with conflict during a June 4 podcast interview, “Couples Conquering Conflict,” conducted by divorce attorney Lee Rosen on StayHappilyMarried.com.

Rosen questioned Levy on the many conflicts that can arise during marriage to help couples identify methods that allow them to weather the storms of marriage intact.

“Everyone experiences conflict in life situations internally and externally in our relationships with other people. The real question is, ℠How are you as an individual, or as a couple, going to handle the conflict?´ It may be that in the beginning of a relationship“¦ people gloss over the flaws or expect them to change, or there are so many positive interactions, that some destructive fighting is tolerable,” says Levy.

According to Levy, conflict is inevitable. However, some couples can handle conflict more efficiently, and even more productively, than others can. Destructive fighting should never be tolerable, because inevitably, it chisels away at and weakens relationships — sometimes so much that they are beyond repair.

“People are using the wrong tools; an adversarial approach to try to resolve conflicts in intimate personal relationships“¦There are serious side-effects to going adversarial,” says Levy.

Traditionally, spouses have argued about common marriage issues like sex, money and child-rearing theories. However, today´s fast-paced lifestyles, more potential for conflict exists — and with those new conflicts, people´s attitudes must evolve if they expect to weather the storms of marriage. An adversarial, aggressive approach is rarely, if ever, the right method.

Rosen and Levy discussed marital conflicts that have existed since the beginning of time and those that are new to the 21st century, and Levy provided guidance to struggling couples who may not have adequate resources to deal with their issues successfully.

StayHappilyMarried.com hosts a new podcast each week; recent episodes include “Can Too Much Money Ruin a Marriage?” and “The Pitfalls of Protective Parenting” to help couples manage their relationships and stay out of divorce court.

About Rosen Law Firm

With offices in Raleigh, Charlotte and Chapel Hill, Rosen Law Firm is renowned for using cutting-edge technology and knowledgeable divorce lawyers to handle alimony cases, custody disputes, property distribution, separation agreements and domestic violence relief.

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