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New law could require marriage guide prior to nuptials

A potential new law in Florida would require couples wishing to marry read a guide prior to saying their nuptials. Many people ask advice from friends and family members before they get married. Well, this new marital guide could be a requirement in Florida if you wish to obtain a marriage license. Lawmakers in the Sunshine State believe that if this becomes a requirement, it could help to reduce the rate of divorce.

The legislation, HB 1323, was introduced recently by a Republican lawmaker from Jacksonville. The bill, if it were to become law, would require couples to read a guide that would cover some common marital topics. Those topics include domestic violence, communication, parenting responsibilities and more.

The marriage guidebook proposal has so far cleared one of three committees of lawmakers. The guidebook would also provide couples with marital advice that could be used for failing marriages and extra education prior to exchanging vows.

Of course, as with any legislation, there are detractors. Some believe that simply making people read a guide prior to obtaining their marriage license will not do much to reduce the divorce rate in the state. Others believe that it's a decent start that could eventually help couples survive marriage.

If the bill becomes law, the guide would be created by the committee known as the Marriage Education Committee. The committee would be made up of six family and marriage education advocates. Should it pass, it would go into effect beginning on July 1, 2018.

Divorce is a an all-too-common issue in Florida and around the country. It's best to know what is at stake prior to getting married. This can be done by speaking with friends, family members, counselors, mediators and even family law attorneys in Fort Lauderdale.

Source: WTSP, "Bill would require couples to read 'marriage guide' before saying 'I do'," Jan. 25, 2018

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