Problem-solving for Couples [PDF]

It’s not always easy to work with your spouse or partner when problems arise. Sometimes it might even seem like struggling to work together is the problem. But if you both clearly identify your issues, brainstorm solutions, and commit to taking action together, you can learn to navigate challenges as a team. Use the worksheet below to help get things moving in the right direction.

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