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Community Marriage Policies Help Lower Divorce Rates

by Patricia89 / October 22, 2007 11:01 AM PDT
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Orthodox Jews, Jehovah's Witnesses, Mormons
by drpruner / October 22, 2007 8:14 PM PDT

that I know of, won't participate in weddings unless the parties are members, and premarital planning is a must. (Catholics have backed off from this.) All also have follow-up systems in place if asked for. All have significantly lower divorce rates. I don't doubt the Oregon program has been a factor there. No doubt collateral damage is down also. (Problems with kids and finances.)

And there's always Plan B:

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A very complex issue
by Steven Haninger / October 22, 2007 8:56 PM PDT

as one can get married in a church but must get divorced at a courthouse. Of course the "communities" mentioned in the article are those of religious affiliation and not neighborhood associations who car more about how long your grass is than whether there is harmony within the walls. The "arm twisting" churches can apply is limited but I'd applaud any attempt within the church mission to support the sanctity of the marriage vows. Happy

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It takes more study & preparation for all other licenses....
by Angeline Booher / October 23, 2007 1:00 AM PDT

...... than for a marriage license.

And for what is not an easy job!

I saw the TV piece about this program. One aspect I think can be very useful is the post-ceremony support. Though parents and other family members can be a good source, the danger exists that they "take sides" and have difficulty being objective.

Whether one looks at marriage as a Sacrament, or a Covenant with God, or a promise to each other, etc., taking time to understand there are pitfalls and bad days helps smooth the waters.

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Most people spend more time planning the wedding
by Diana Forum moderator / October 23, 2007 12:11 PM PDT

than planning the marriage.


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