First comes love, but before marriage, there’s therapy. At least, that could be the reality if lawmakers in Colorado get their way.
They’re proposing a law that would require all couples to complete mandatory marriage counseling before tying the knot. The Colorado Marriage Education Act would mandate 10 hours of pre-wedding prep; that number would go up to 20 hours for second marriages and 30 for third marriages.
Anti-divorce activists, who support the act, say its intention is to “better prepare individuals going into marriage to fulfill their new roles as spouse and potentially as parent, to furthermore protect children given that marriage is the foundation of a family unit.” But while the law may help reduce taxpayer spending on divorce, as advocates claim, it won’t make your wedding any cheaper- in fact, couples would have to pay for the classes themselves. One more thing to add to the budget.