Proposal Argument - Mandating Premarital Counseling

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The state legislatures should make premarital counseling a requirement prior to the issuance of a marriage license in an attempt to gain control of the escalating divorce rates in America, which are contributing to the many issues we are seeing in the children who are by-products of these failed marriages. As Patrick F. Fagan and Robert Rector wrote in their paper of The Effects of Divorce on America “each year, over one million American children suffer as their parents divorce. Moreover, half of all children born in wedlock this year will see their parents divorce before reaching their eighteenth birthday” (1). This fact alone should be cause for consideration. Society and politicians need to take a closer look at this epidemic. However, if you’re the type of person who thinks somebody else’s divorce doesn’t affect you, you may want to think again. While so many people think that divorce is the solution for most marital problems, many find out, when they try it, that in all actuality it is worse than the original issue. While many focus on the affects of divorce on children, perhaps they should take a closer look on how the affected children are impacting society. Studies show that children whose parents are divorced exhibit more behavioral and emotional problems, and are more likely to be involved in crime. These children also perform more poorly in school, leading to lower paying jobs(Heise). The study by Fagan and Rector further states that “families with children that were not poor before divorce see their income drop as much as 50 percent” (1) inevitably forcing many of these families into poverty and seeking government assistance. This outcome just leads to another issue facing society, the growing number of people who are seeking government funded, or more commonly seen as tax dollar funded, assistance. Certainly a drop of 50% in income is significant and does warrant help. However, premarital counseling does lower the rate of divorce and would...
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