Understanding Cultural Differences For International MarriagesBy Moskowitz Law Group, LLC |
The world is a big place, and most people don’t stay put in one place for their entire life. This makes the likelihood that you will meet and marry a person from another geographic location high. And, along with marrying a person from another place comes the chances that you marry a person from a different culture, with different expectations about marriage. In order for a marriage to be successful, understanding the cultural differences for couples of different origin is a must.
An organization devoted to helping couples of different nations understand one another offers some advice on how to stay together when you come from different backgrounds. Key among the advice given is the requirement to communicate with your spouse. Effective communication includes respecting the other person’s traditions, without judgment. Getting there can be difficult, but it can also be fun. If you have questions about why your spouse celebrates holidays a certain way, maybe a trip to their native home is in order. Taking this type of trip can give you the opportunity to learn and explore, while growing as a couple. Many times things become more clear when experienced firsthand rather than hearing about them at the dinner table. Once you have a better understanding of the origin of certain customs, you can better appreciate them and your spouse’s need for participation.
Another good way to gain an understanding of the cultural differences between you and your spouse is to spend time with their family. You can learn a lot from family members, and by showing an interest in family history you will show that you care about making your relationship go the distance. Showing dedication and devotion to your spouse’s heritage will make it easier to instill these values in your children, when the time comes. But, to be clear, accepting the differences between cultures is a two way street. It takes time and patience on both sides, with an equal willingness to embrace the differences. When a family separates and have different backgrounds, special considerations must be given to things like holidays and education. This task can be made all the more difficult if one of the parties intends to move back to their homeland. In order to make sure you are protected, and your voice still heard with regard to the upbringing of your kids, call one of our qualified family law attorneys today.