Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Speaking of Divorce Seminars - Texas Style

I almost fell over reading Florida Divorce * Child Custody * Domestic Violence Law Lawyer's Proposed Texas Divorce Class: Tax on Divorce or Economic Stimulus?:

"A bill pending in the Texas legislature would, if passed, mandate that divorcing couples with children, who are pursuing a “no fault divorce”, take a 10 hour class in the nature of marriage counseling.

The class might cost as much as $200 per hour.

That’s $2,000 just to take the divorce class.

The legislative intent behind the bill is to “save a few marriages”.

The pending Texas legislation exempts victims of abuse documented by an order of protection or a police report."

That last paragraph makes it sounds sweet but I got to agree with the opinion of my Florida colleague:

Sort of like giving no fault divorce with one hand, and taking it away from those who can’t afford the divorce class with the other hand …

But pretty profitable for government-approved providers.
I think some of our county's programs are lightweight but never have I thought they were not well-intentioned. If the politicians are so worried about preserving marriage (and that is my guess) then they should make this kind of requirement as a prerequisite to marriage.

What is your opinion?


Anonymous said...

cool blog sam

--tim kalamaros

Sam Hasler said...

Thank you. Although I am bit behind on responding to comments.