My discovery of the 8 Skills in 2019 changed everything that I do with couples. Teaching couples the 8 Skills makes their love relationships so much easier. These include Premarital, Marriage, Divorce Prevention, Marriage Restoration after divorce and even Divorce Recovery.
The main distinction between married couples and those living together is commitment. Many living together believe that they could not be more committed even if they were married, but I must take issue with that. Each promises God, family and friends in marriage that they will keep certain vows and strive to become one. Marriage before a judge is not as strong, but it promises more commitment than two people deciding to share a home, bed, chores, finances, etc. One very positive benefit of learning the 8 skills is often that it could cause a couple to desire commitment in marriage.