Revamping Marriage and Divorce Laws

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A proposal to revamp the state's marriage and divorce laws is moving toward a vote in the Michigan House of Representatives.

Couples who want to get married could take a marriage course, and those who want a divorce would be forced to take a divorce course before dissolving their union. That's the main thrust of a marriage reform package set for a house vote on Thursday.

The state would help pay for engaged couples to take the course, and if they did, they could get their license within three days. Those who refuse to take the class would have to wait 27 days.

Governor Jennifer Granholm commented on the packaged for the first time day suggesting, without seeing the final language, that it might be going "too far" in forcing government involvement in personal lives.