New Legislation Pushes for Strong Marriages, Strong Families and a Strong Michigan

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Lawmakers say they have a way to promote marriage and address the state's dvorce rate, but some believe it'll take more than the legislation they're proposing to make marriages in Michigan stronger.

A package of bills was unveiled today introducing healthy marriage initiatives. One of the initiatives encourages premarital education and counseling, at least four hours. If you opt not to participate in the counseling, you'll have to wait 27 days for a marriage license instead of three. State Representative John Gleason says many young people don't understand what they're undertaking and believes counseling is very important.

Chuck Kronzek, a trial attorney who deals primarily with divorce and child custody cases, says he's skeptical about the counseling and how it would work.

Other initiatives in this legislation include a marriage preservation tax credit, divorce education and parenting plans for those going through divorces. Lawmakers would also like to see retired clergy allowed to continue offering marriage counseling.