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5 Douglas C. Aagard 6
7 LONG TITLE
8 General Description:
9 This bill modifies the marriage counseling and education provisions by requiring a
10 reduction in marriage license fees for couples who voluntarily undergo marriage
11 education that meet specific criteria.
12 Highlighted Provisions:
13 This bill:
14 . provides a mechanism for couples who undergo premarital education to receive a
15 reduction of the marriage license fee;
16 . frames the requirements for premarital education; and
17 . limits who can conduct the premarital education to licensed or ordained ministers,
18 persons who can solemnize marriages, marriage and family therapists, social
19 workers, or psychologists.
20 Monies Appropriated in this Bill:
22 Other Special Clauses:
24 Utah Code Sections Affected:
26 17-16-21, as last amended by Chapter 9 and renumbered and amended by Chapter 46,
27 Laws of Utah 2001
28 30-1-30, as enacted by Chapter 64, Laws of Utah 1971
29 30-1-34, as enacted by Chapter 64, Laws of Utah 1971
30 30-1-36, as enacted by Chapter 64, Laws of Utah 1971
31 30-1-37, as enacted by Chapter 64, Laws of Utah 1971
32 30-1-39, as enacted by Chapter 64, Laws of Utah 1971
34 30-1-31, as enacted by Chapter 64, Laws of Utah 1971
35 30-1-32, as last amended by Chapter 227, Laws of Utah 1993
36 30-1-33, as enacted by Chapter 64, Laws of Utah 1971
37 30-1-35, as enacted by Chapter 64, Laws of Utah 1971
38 30-1-38, as enacted by Chapter 64, Laws of Utah 1971
40 Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
41 Section 1. Section 17-16-21 is amended to read:
42 17-16-21. Fees of county officers.
43 (1) As used in this section, "county officer" means all of the county officers
44 enumerated in Section 17-53-101 except county recorders, county constables, and county
46 (2) (a) Each county officer shall collect, in advance, for exclusive county use and
48 (i) all fees established by the county legislative body under Section 17-53-211 ; and
49 (ii) any other fees authorized or required by law.
50 (b) (i) As long as the displaced homemaker program is authorized by Section
51 35A-3-114 , the county clerk shall:
53 under authority of this section; and
55 credited to the displaced homemaker program.
56 (ii) The fee authorized by this Subsection (2) h (b) h shall be waived if the requirements of
57 Section 30-1-34 are met. If the fee is waived, the county is not required to transmit $20 of the
58 marriage license fee to the Division of Finance.
59 (c) As long as the Children's Legal Defense Account is authorized by Section 63-63a-8 ,
60 the county clerk shall:
61 (i) assess $10 in addition to whatever fee for a marriage license is established under
62 authority of this section and in addition to the $20 assessed for the displaced homemaker
63 program; and
64 (ii) transmit $10 from each marriage license fee to the Division of Finance for deposit
65 in the Children's Legal Defense Account.
66 (3) This section does not apply to any fees currently being assessed by the state but
67 collected by county officers.
68 Section 2. Section 30-1-30 is amended to read:
69 30-1-30. Premarital education -- State policy.
70 It is the policy of the state of Utah to enhance the possibility of couples to achieve more
71 stable, satisfying and enduring marital and family relationships by providing opportunities for
72 and encouraging the use of premarital [
73 license [
74 Section 3. Section 30-1-34 is amended to read:
75 30-1-34. Certificate of completion of education -- Reduction of license fee.
76 (1) The county clerk of any county [
77 a marriage license to those applicants who [
84 accordance with Subsection (2) shall reduce the fee for the license by the amount assessed
85 under Subsection 17-16-21 (2)(b).
86 (2) In order to qualify for the reduced fee in Subsection (1), the parties shall submit a
87 signed and dated statement from the person who provided the premarital education confirming
88 that it was received.
89 (a) The premarital education shall be provided by h :
89a (i) h a licensed or ordained minister or the
90 minister's designee h [
90a (ii) h a person authorized to solemnize marriages under h [
90b 30-1-6 h [
90c h (iii) h a
91 person who practices marriage and family therapy and is licensed under Title 58, Chapter 60,
92 Part 2, Social Worker Licensing Act; Part 3, Marriage and Family Therapist Licensing Act; h PART
92a 4, PROFESSIONAL COUNSELOR LICENSING ACT; h or
93 Title 58, Chapter 61, Psychologist Licensing Act.
94 (b) The education shall include, as a minimum, the following topics:
95 (i) commitment;
96 (ii) communication;
97 (iii) financial management skills; and
98 (iv) conflict management skills, including an understanding of what constitutes
99 domestic abuse.
100 (c) For the purposes of this section, the designee of a licensed or ordained minister
101 shall be a person trained by the minister or denomination to conduct premarital education.
102 (3) The statement from the person who provided the premarital education under
103 Subsection (2) shall be in the following form:
104 "I, (name of provider), confirm that (names of both parties) received at least eight hours
105 of premarital education that included the following topics: commitment, communication,
106 financial management, and conflict management skills h INCLUDING AN UNDERSTANDING OF
106a WHAT CONSTITUTES DOMESTIC ABUSE h . I am a licensed or ordained minister or
107 the minister's designee, a person authorized to solemnize marriages under Section 30-1-6 , or a
108 person who practices marriage and family therapy and is licensed under Title 58, Chapter 60,
109 Part 2, Social Worker Licensing Act; Part 3, Marriage and Family Therapist Licensing Act; or
110 Title 58, Chapter 61, Psychologist Licensing Act."
111 (4) The names of the parties in the provider's statement must be identical to the legal
112 names of the parties as they appear on the marriage license application. The provider's
113 statement shall be filed with the license.
114 Section 4. Section 30-1-36 is amended to read:
115 30-1-36. Activities included in premarital education.
116 Premarital [
117 lectures, group counseling, and individual counseling [
118 Section 5. Section 30-1-37 is amended to read:
119 30-1-37. Confidentiality of information obtained under counseling provisions.
120 Except for the information required or to be required on the marriage license
121 application form, any information given by a marriage license applicant in compliance with this
122 act shall be confidential information and shall not be released by any person, board,
123 commission or other entity. [
125 individuals, to compile and release statistical data.
126 Section 6. Section 30-1-39 is amended to read:
127 30-1-39. False representation of compliance -- Infraction.
128 Any person [
129 complied with the requirements of [
130 30-1-34 or who H KNOWINGLY h colludes with another for the purpose of [
134 Section 7. Repealer.
135 This bill repeals:
136 Section 30-1-31, Premarital counseling board in county -- Appointment, terms,
137 compensation, offices -- Common counseling board with adjacent county.
138 Section 30-1-32, Master plan for counseling.
139 Section 30-1-33, Conformity to master plan for counseling as prerequisite to
140 marriage license -- Exceptions.
141 Section 30-1-35, Persons performing counseling services designated by board --
142 Exemption from license requirements.
143 Section 30-1-38, Fee for counseling.
Legislative Review Note
as of 9-19-03 9:46 AM
A limited legal review of this legislation raises no obvious constitutional or statutory concerns.
Interim Committee Note
as of 12-11-03 8:38 AM
The Judiciary Interim Committee recommended this bill.
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