Texas lawmakers can't stop couples from walking down the aisle, but they can make it more expensive to be named husband and wife. There's a high divorce rate in Texas and lawmakers think that number will go down if couples undergo pre-marriage counseling. A new federally funded program called Twogether in Texas is based on the hope that couples would rather sit through counseling sessions than pay extra for their marriage licenses.
Beginning this month, licenses that used to cost $41 will now cost $71. If couples participate in the Twogether in Texas program and take an approved eight-hour class, the state charges only $11 for the license. Do you think paying $60 less is worth eight hours of free counseling?