Texas Premarital Counseling Program Not A Hit With Couples

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Texas offers a premarital course that waives the marriage license fee, but couples aren't taking it.

In Texas, a license to wed will cost you $60, a long way since its start rate of $15.50, and its purpose isn’t to inconvenience engaged couples, but to encourage them to stay “twogether.”

“The Twogether in Texas” program is an eight-hour pre-marital course that State representive Warren Chisum coined in 2008. The $60 fee is waived for engaged couples who take the course, leaving only a local fee of $11 for them to pay. Should Blood Tests Be Required To Get Married?

 

You would think soon-to-be marrieds would jump at an opportunity like this, but Texas state agencies report that less than 15 percent of couples have taken the course. In fact, the government is experiencing a high increase in revenue because of couples' lack of enthusiasm to do so.

Not everyone is on board with Chisum’s program, and some have accused him of implementing a marriage tax. An increased revenue might suggest that it works that way, but Chisum has stated he's unhappy seeing "increased revenue going to different levels of government because of the higher marriage license fee."

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