Bill would require couples read ‘marriage guide’ before tying the knot

A couple hold hands during a mass wedding ceremony held by the unification church entitled a 'cosmic blessing ceremony', in Gapyeong on September 7, 2017. Thousands of Unification Church couples married at a mass wedding to mark the fifth anniversary of its founder and self-proclaimed messiah Sun Myung Moon. Four thousand identically-dressed couples from 64 countries crowded the hall as they participated in the ceremony in Gapyeong, east of the capital Seoul. / AFP PHOTO / Ed JONES (Photo credit should read ED JONES/AFP/Getty Images)

A new bill being introduced in Florida hopes to reduce the number of divorces in the state, according to WJAX.

Jacksonville Rep. Clay Yarborough filed the Florida Guide to a Healthy marriage bill in the House on Monday while Lakeland Sen. Kelli Stargel filed the Senate version last week.

The bill is meant to prohibit couples from getting a marriage license until they verify they’ve read the new guide.

“The statistics have been staggering over the years for divorces and kind of the subsequent problems that go along with that, like children who don’t have families that are put together,” Yarborough said.

The guide would be written by marriage and family advocates and would focus on issues that include conflict management, communications skills, financial management and parenting responsibilities.

Yarborough says the guide would be paid for by private sources.