Similar to civilian life, marriage and divorce are two major life-changing events for Massachusetts service members and their families.
Engaged couples, newlyweds, and those celebrating many years of marriage can all benefit from marriage enrichment programs. Marriage enrichment programs are available through the Services, as well as local communities. Some programs are tailored to couples in crisis, while others offer general tips for effective communication, managing money, and renewing your marriage commitment. Take some time to research programs and find a good match for you and your spouse or spouse-to-be.
Each Service offers marriage enrichment programs, generally sponsored by the installation chaplain.
Air Force: Marriage Care is a weekend retreat program designed to help Airmen and their families reintegrate into family life after a deployment. Marriage Care is open to active duty, reserve and National Guard Airmen, and their spouses.
Army: Strong Bonds offers single Soldiers, couples, and families relationship-building skills to thrive within the military lifestyle. The Strong Bonds couple weekend retreat is offered by Army chaplains and is designed to strengthen relationships, inspire hope, and rekindle marriages. Strong Bonds is open to active duty Army, Army National Guard, Army Reserve, and Air National Guard families.
Coast Guard, Navy and Marine Corps: Chaplain’s Religious Enrichment Development Operation (CREDO) Spiritual Fitness Division provides Coast Guard, Navy and Marine Corps families with 4 programs offered at 10 locations worldwide. Retreat options include Personal Growth retreats, Warrior Transition retreats, Marriage Enrichment retreats and Family Enrichment retreats. All CREDO retreats are free, including meals and lodging. Registration is required.
National Guard and Reserve: National Guard and Reserve families are eligible for the Service programs listed above, as well as marriage enrichment programs within your state of assignment. Marriage enrichment programs vary by state. While some are Service-specific, many programs are becoming “purple” and welcome families from all Services. If there isn’t a marriage enrichment program specific to your Service in your location, don’t be afraid to ask a sister-Service if you can attend their program.
Should you be in the midst of a military divorce or contemplating divorce, contact the Law Offices of Renee Lazar at 978-844-4095 to schedule a FREE one hour no obligation consultation.