There are many problems associated with bad relationships and divorce.
To name a few- domestic violence, teen pregnancy and depression.
Experts say some these issues can be prevented with proper education.
Jeanne Sigler and her husband Michael may not have a "perfect" marriage...
"There really is no such thing as a perfect marriage, and if they say they are then they are not telling the truth." Sigler says.
She and Michael do have a happy Marriage, and they are on a mission to teach Alabamians how they can have the same.
The state of Alabama has second highest divorce rate in the country, and there are some quality of life issues that come along with broken homes.
“Just having spoken with high school counselors this fall semester, it was frightening and disheartening to hear how many young girls were coming back to school expecting."
While many assume that infidelity or money are main causes of divorce these days... Sigler says they are actually results from lack of communication ... Which happens to be the largest contributor to divorces today.
Ron bell and his wife decided to take the course not because of any marital problems, but because they want to extend the life of their 13 year marriage.
"I've learned to listen more, communicate more. I've learned how to appreciate more; I've discovered that I didn't know what I thought I knew." Says Bell
Shirley Critten and her husband Norman have been married for 15 years now, and they were looking for a way to re-connect.
She says "You act like you know that person, but you don't. You really don't... but I know my husband now, and I thank God for that. I know it’s going to be a better relationship from now on after we walk out those doors. It's going to be better."
"Just the Facts” also has pre marriage and relationship courses and warns couples about getting married too soon.
"We encourage everybody to know each other for 4 seasons before you marry them, because after you have been with someone for 4 seasons, it could end up not being the person you are going to marry.” says Sigler.
"They have the vision of 'oh this is my shining knight in armor and he’s going to carry me away and we're going to live happily ever after'. Without one of these courses, they don't stand a chance." says Bell.
“Just the Facts… Straight Talk About Marriage” is a federally funded grant program, and the information is not collected from any religious beliefs, just hard facts and evidence about what citizens can do to better their family life.
Courses are held at public venues throughout the state.
The best thing about these programs is that they are cost free.
For more information you can log onto jtfstraighttalk.com.