I think the concept of a "rough patch" is pretty common in marriage as a whole, but of course the causes may vary widely. I would guess that in most cases, it has something to do with money one way or another; it's equally likely in my mind that problems stem from an inability to communicate. So when faced with a slump, you can try to fix it, or bail. I know there are a lot of opinions here on TGP about marriage, and what to do if you're not happy in a marriage. In my case, I'm looking to fix it. My daughter is the same age as I was when my parents divorced (~5 yrs old), and I would never consciously allow for the effects my parents' split had on me for my daughter. That said, if there's a rift or dissatisfaction or whatever in the marriage, that doesn't provide an acceptable environment for her to grow up in either. So I'm looking at marriage counseling, wondering what it's like and what the success rates are. Can anyone with experience here shed light on the issue? Thanks for reading.