Friday, November 26, 2010

Not Many Texans Take Premarital Course in Exchange for Discount on License

There are so many things a recently engaged couple in Texas does to prepare for their wedding day. The two must pick a date to exchange vows, select a venue for the reception, decide who is going to be a part of the wedding party, and where they are going to live once they are husband and wife. How many of these men and women, though, take part in a premarital course that is encouraged by the state government? According to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, not many.

Two years ago, the state legislature in Texas passed a law that offered a discount in marriage license fees to couples who took part in the Twogether in Texas program. This subsidy was created at the same time that the fees in the state were raised, with the hopes that the increased cost would lead to many couples opting to take the course. Apparently, the discount has not been embraced as much as lawmakers had hoped, with only fifteen percent of marriage licenses in Texas being issued to people who completed the class. It seems the thirty dollars that would be saved is not enough incentive.

Under the best of circumstances, building a successful marriage and family takes work and dedication. Perhaps Twogether in Texas provides some relationship tools to couples who may need them at some point. Unfortunately, there may be instances in which legal intervention becomes necessary. If this is the circumstance in your home, the experienced family law attorneys at Bertolino LLP are ready to help you through this emotional and sensitive time. Please contact our Austin, Houston, or San Antonio office.

What are your thoughts on the state's incentive for couples to take a premarital course? Is this an effective tool in saving marriages? Is this a role state government should be playing?

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