Rep. Dixon Pitcher, R-Ogden, plans to introduce a bill Thursday that gives people planning to marry an incentive to go through at least three hours of counseling before they get a marriage license.

Under Pitcher's plan, couples presenting a certificate showing they received premarital counseling would pay $20 for a marriage license. The certificate costs $50 currently. The price would be $65 without the counseling certificate.

Rep. Jim Nielson, R-Bountiful, is also seeking to change the divorce law so that a person who wants to file for divorce must take an orientation course before filing. Currently, divorcing couples must take an orientation course before the divorce is finalized. The bill does include some exemptions.

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