Florida could require engaged couples to read ‘healthy marriage’ guide

in Florida News & Events

SOURCE: Orlando Sentinel

Couples would have to read a new “Florida Guide to a Healthy Marriage” before getting a marriage license if a new bill becomes law next year.

The bill (SB 682) filed Tuesday by Republican state Sen. Dennis Baxley, would create a Marriage Education Committee to write a marriage guide for newlyweds “to combat the rising cost of divorce to Florida’s citizens.”

The guide would complement the Family Law Handbook already produced by the state, which Baxley said did not provide enough positive advice to go along with advice on divorce.

State law already requires couples to either read the 19-page Family Law Handbook or other marriage-related information before a marriage license can be issued.