States are sometimes known as a marrying state or divorcing state depending on how the state's statistics compare to the national averages.
Sad to say, Oklahoma research shows we can be classified as both a marrying and divorcing state, with 82 percent of Oklahoma adults having been married compared to 73 percent nationally and 32 percent of Oklahoma adults having been divorced compared to 21percent nationally.
Over the last 50 years views of the institution of marriage and its importance have changed and continue to do so. Statistics support the fact that its changing, but opinions vary widely as to why and whether its important or if it should even be considered an issue.
Studies have found links between healthy marriage and the well-being of children as well as healthy marriage and healthy outcomes. Other correlations have also been found that evidence positive outcomes in the efforts of strengthening marriage and family.
Oklahoma has chosen to support and strengthen marriages and families through the Oklahoma Marriage Initiative. The OMI was created to help strengthen families and help couples build and sustain healthy marriages.
Whether dating, engaged or married, “Forever. For Real.” is the message from the Oklahoma Marriage Initiative (OMI). The “Forever. For Real,” workshops are just one tool used in helping the OMI fulfill their goal.
The next “Forever. For Real.” workshops are free and will be offered on Feb. 9 at the Oklahoma City Marriott Hotel on Northwest Expressway, the SpiritBank Event Center in Tulsa and the Reed Conference Center in Norman.
By attending one of the Feb. 9 “Forever. For Real.” relationship workshops, couples will have a chance to win a beach vacation courtesy of Clear Channel Communications.
The workshops will offer fun, hands-on and creative ways to strengthen relationships. A variety of tips and strategies will be offered to help keep relationships strong, including strategies on talking about tough subjects without fighting and how to listen and be heard.
Engaged couples attending a “Forever. For Real.” workshop can also receive a $45 discount on their Oklahoma Marriage License.
For more information about “Forever. For Real.” visit www.foreverforreal.com or call (877) 435-8033.