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Wyoming Bill Requires Couples Go Through Counseling Before Marriage Or Divorce!

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Wow! We're not sure how constitutional this is, but a part of us thinks it isn't a terrible idea!

Rep. Ed Buchanan, of Wyoming, is reportedly attempting to pass a bill that will require that couples attempting to get married or divorced to go through counseling together - and have to pay for it themselves!

According to the bill, if they don't want to go through that, then they would legally have to wait a year to get a marriage license or a divorce decree!

Buchanan explains:

"Perhaps a year is too long to wait. I wanted to open up the discussion. All it is is education. It's education regarding the most common stressors in a relationship."

The state currently holds the nation's third-highest divorce rate, and is one of the top reasons for children to end up in poverty.

According to Buchanan, Wyoming already requires divorcing couples to take co-parent counseling before the split, but he wants the bill to pass so they can also learn how to deal with each other once the divorce is finalized.

The bill also has the option for a judge to wave the counseling requirement in divorce cases, if one of the parties is a victim of domestic violence.

Wow! You have to admit, it's an inneresting idea - and they certainly seem to have taken a lot into consideration to ensure that nobody's rights are being violated!

What do U think?? Is the bill a good idea or should couples be allowed to marry and divorce as they please??

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46 comments to “Wyoming Bill Requires Couples Go Through Counseling Before Marriage Or Divorce!”

  1. 1

    There is going to be a lot of murders….

  2. 2

    I live in Wyoming, I find nothing wrong with someone trying to cut down on the divorce rate. I think everyone should go through marriage counseling before getting married, what's wrong with trying to fix or figure things out before getting divorced? I am not joking one bit when I say all my friends from high school have been divorced at least once, I have not and we went through counseling before getting married. I have a friend who's been divorced 3 times! I'm always like "Um You're only 32 how are you divorced 3 times already?"
    Maybe if it weren't so easy to get married and divorced these days people would take it seriously instead of "OMG This will be so much fun!!" "OMG This isn't fun anymore :( "

  3. 3

    This is awesome, I'm not gay, and sadly, don't even know anyone who is openly gay, but I will be the first to say I hate that gays can't get married and yet they let every drunk, stupid, straight couple get married without even a question.
    If gay marriage was really about the "sanctity" of marriage, then they should have been doing this years ago to see if the people are even ready for marriage.

  4. rcs says – reply to this


    I completely agree with the counseling, however I think it will be very hard for this to be true to the separation of church and state. I guess if you are paying for it then you can decide what kind of counseling you want, but as soon as marriage counseling becomes an industry just for people to get married I think it will lose a good bit of it's meaning.

    I am profoundly grateful I didn't have to click to read the rest of this story!

  5. calar says – reply to this


    What if they're being abused? This could become a very dangerous situation for the wives and children involved

  6. rcs says – reply to this


    I guess Prince WIlliam and Kate are public domain enough that you don't have to give them credit…

  7. 7

    Re: calar – Apparently you're too retarded to read the entire story. It says right on the page that the judge can wave the counseling if domestic abuse is involved.

  8. 8

    Glad I don't live in Wyoming!

  9. 9

    No more social laws, why should the government be allowed to intervene even more?

  10. 10

    Perez or Perez writers - Can you please stop writing inneresting instead of interesting in all your posts? It's gotten old and is now just plain annoying.

  11. 11

    My personal business is in no part the government's business. Should we all have to pass tests to do everything? Truly frightening.

  12. 12

    Re: cynical me – What's wrong with it is that who are YOU or SOMEONE ELSE to dictate what my partner and I decide is best BETWEEN US??????? What gives ANYONE the right to decide what's best for ME? Truly, truly revolting. What gives ANYONE the right to IMPOSE their ideals on anyone else? Orwellian, fascist, disgusting.

  13. 13

    Re: cc-cali – This has nothing to do with anyone's sexual orientation. It's about voluntarily employing a nanny to watch over our actions. As adults. As thinking, feeling, rational adults with free will in this country to love, marry, and divorce who we find appropriate without obligation to explain ourselves to someone who we're forced to pay to butt in.

  14. 14

    Re: Kt_Cooter – Totally. Fucking ridiculous. It's got the highest divorce rate for another reason, obviously.

  15. 15

    fantastic idea. people get married for all sorts of stupid reasons these days. i know kids who got married to randoms straight out of high school. and then they got divorced. there is no sanctity in marriage anymore.

  16. 16

    GOOD. The divorce rate is so high that marriage is fucking dead.

  17. 17

    This is totally unconstitutional, and it will never pass. If for some reason it does, it will be challenged and overturned.

  18. 18

    it's unrealistic to expect couples to pay for marriage counselling before being granted a license. what if they can't afford it? why should they have to wait a year? my fiancé and i have been together for 7 years and living together for 6. within 10 months of becoming engaged we will be married and have no intention of getting counselling. after living together for 6 years, we don't particularly need it. america is turning marriage into another business transaction. if its not pre-marital counselling, its a pre-nuptial agreement. what's happened to 2 people getting married because they love each other? it takes the romance out of the whole situation.

  19. 19

    Re: carrie from la – Then you should live in fucking sin! If you don't like it! My parents got married when they where 18 !!! They divorced and he left right after my brother was born. I was only 2 years old!! Can you even begin to imagine what that's like???????? STFU!!!!! Don't talk about shit you don't know!!

  20. 20

    I don't see a problem with it, as long as there are exceptions for cases of abuse and the likes. The reason divorce rates are so high these days is because it's so easy to get a divorce - too easy! Couples have an argument that is pretty bad, or feel a bit like it's no longer working, and instantly call in for papers to be signed - What they SHOULD do is sit down, talk about it, and work it out. Hopefully with positive outcomes. Counselling sounds like a BRILLIANT idea.

  21. 21

    Educating people about marriage before they get married is fabulous and I think every country in the world should make it mandatory - however, that being said, the classes should be free. They should seek out volunteers to assist with the program. Otherwise, everyone will just wait it out and get their licenses later on, with no prior education. It's really not going to do anything. I hope they just make it mandatory, with no loop hole to get out of it. It's shocking how many people rush into marriage without even getting to know each other, or discussing the important topics like money and children. You need more than love to make a marriage last, trust me.

  22. 22

    Re: calar – maybe you should read the entire post again - every word.

  23. 23

    Re: carrie from la – No one would be deciding what's best for you. Have you ever been through any kind of counselling? Pre-marital counselling just opens your eyes by asking you questions on how you would handle certain situations together as a couple. You'd be surprised how different your answers can be. The class gets you thinking and planning for a future together, one in which you're part of a team and you have to consider the other's feelings and wants before doing something for youself. No one tells you how to think or what to believe or how to live your life, and you don't have a Nanny watching over you.

  24. 24

    This is a great idea!

  25. 25

    You wonder about the constitutionality of this and you think requring everyone to buy health isurance is?

  26. 26

    Re: amycakes86 – No one is "turning" marriage in a busines transaction because it's has always been a business transaction. A business contract, to be more precise. The idea that emotion has anything to do with marriage is quite new, actually. It'd be nice if people remembered that. That said, I agree that forced counselling isn't right. The business contract is entered willingly by both parties and they should be responsible for it if it falls through.

  27. 27

    Re: RILIKUTZA – And you think we whould have stuck around if he was forced into therapy? Idiot.

  28. 28

    I applaud it and I think they should make it National. Why? You see, if all these right wing so-called religious zealots think that only marriage can be constituted by a man and woman, then let them not forget "What God has brought together, let no man put us under." You can't just pick and choose.To the victor go the spoils.

  29. 29

    I hope there would be an exception for people who are in an abusive marriage.

  30. 30

    Re: carrie from la – Amen sista! Totally agree- can't believe some of the crazy issues some of these career politicians bring to the table anyway - He should be bitch slapped for not having his priorities straight- Job's, the economy

  31. 31

    Re: adamzlover – You are assuming there are enough qualified people to carry out this mission and quite frankly there are not - we can't even get our military vet's in to see people quick enough and the suicide rate is unforgiveable

  32. 32

    Re: RILIKUTZA – You are far from the only person to experience that and yet you seem to think it gives you license to be abusive to someone else on here who has expressed an honest opinion - Did they offend you at another time or what?

  33. Laura says – reply to this


    haha, not gun-control, but marriage-control. ppl are more worried about divorce rates and murder rates?

  34. Laura says – reply to this


    i meant ppl are more worried about divorce rates THAN murder rates?

  35. 35

    it's only a good idea in theory. what if a woman wants to divorce her abbusive husband? than what??

  36. 36

    I think it's really too bad that this most likely will not pass as it is unconstitutional. So many people are getting married and divorced these days, without really thinking about the repercussions. I feel like so many people now turn to divorce as a first resort rather than a last one, and that's really sad.

  37. 37

    Re: carrie from la – No, the point is if ur gonna, as u say, look over someones actions, by saying who can and can't get married, it should apply to all.
    And they aren't saying who can or can't get married paranoid, they r using counseling to give u a better chance.
    So quit with the hippie "government control" shit!

  38. 38

    i don't understand how this is acceptable. if you don't do it for straight couples, why the hell would you do it for gay couples?? i don't think it's a bad idea— i really think our culture has basically stripped away any spiritual meaning marriage entails, but i don't think there should be a double standard. do it for all or do it for none. though i kinda wish they'd do it for all…

  39. @v@ says – reply to this


    Government has no business mandating spiritual issues. I know of some churches who require you take a marriage course before agreeing to marry you in their church. and am ok with that as you can go elsewhere. Churches traditionally try to help in a spiritual role should you want the help. This, however, is government and state, and I believe in a separation of the two.

  40. 40

    After getting married, me and my husband had a string of serious trials and tribulations. We both brought our share of good things and negative things into our relationship. However, we are committed to continually making our relationship better and better, and we worked through the difficulties without therapy by tapping into a basic human quality called "respect" for each other.
    The government keeps making more and more rules and people are increasingly becoming stifled. Outside rules won't ever be able to change someone's heart. You either have respect for fellow mankind or not. Some of us may not have had 100% respect but longed to learn through hardship how to become better to those around us, especially our spouse. You have to want it, if not, no rule mandated by the government will change you.

  41. 41

    Government mandated couseling? A Republican asking for more government in citizen's lives? Check the temperature in Hell.

  42. 42

    Re: b a t k i s s – DOH! *counseling*

  43. open says – reply to this


    umm… wth does this have to do with Prince William and his fiance?!?!?!? again.. PH.. you are an idiot!

  44. 44

    All people will do is shack up longer…..and complain.

    Ya can not legislate morality and common sense.

    *******Not a bad idea if they make it one class and inexpensive….though I doubt that is legal either.

    A VOLUNTARY class would be a great idea. Even better is to have "marriage" suitability classes in high school. (Some schools already do this.)

  45. 45

    Fuck that! Who is anyone to tel lme I have to pay for counseling if I make a decision to be married or divorced? Money is behind it all. Who will reap the cash, what "counselors"???

  46. 46

    I agree with it - some people rush into things and maybe they shouldn't. I don't know that you need a year to decide about getting married, but look at how many are divorced within that 1st year. It is something that should be taken seriously. I believe that counselling has a place in most instances and marriage and divorce are definitely two of them!