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Should the government gift marriage counselling to couples?

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Marriage is a journey two people decide to embark upon together, with the knowledge that they will face highs and lows. Unfortunately, many fail to stay together when things get tough.

The current Australian Government is proposing a $200 gift to couples thinking about marriage to see a marriage counselor with the hope that the counseling will help prevent a number of divorces. Do you think it is a good idea to proceed with this proposal? Will such an initiative help couples think through their relationship?

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I have nothing against the idea of marriage counselling, but I do have issue with the government finding the funds for this while cutting funds to people with disabilities and their carers.
Jennifer - totally agree with your comment.
by norma
Personally and through experience, I do feel that sometimes a mediator such as a marriage counselor can help resolve some issues. I do however would say that the government should not spend tax money on such initiatives because people paying the taxes who do not benefit from these schemes get upset. Secondly, perhaps they could make a visit to the marriage counselor more affordable and let the couple take the initiative to see a counselor on their own. In this way, they can continue the counseling if they deem it necessary.
Great Question. I think communication is the major key together with respect. I am not sure a counselor can solve either just teach them how to gain both. And in some cases I don't think $200.00 would do the trick because that would cover only once session where they will learn more about why they should get divorced.
Hahahaa... I think I agree. But I do think that counseling can help you think through some concepts that the couple may not have thought about previously.
I don't support the idea. Many churches offer pre-marriage counselling/group sessions etc already and have done so for decades. I would think some non-church based counselling services would offer similar services at a reasonable price eg $10 or $20 a session to those on low incomes. These sessions are a good idea but no guarantee of a marriage lasting forever.
Wow! what a lovely idea.
I'm all for that, and it's about time the Government had a heart for the people!
Yep, it's a brilliant idea....and good for them,someone has ideas that could not only work, but a helping hand.
Sorry...once again :( no idea how it put two up.
by jonaja
Wow! what a lovely idea.
I'm all for that, and it's about time the Government had a heart for the people!
Yep, it's a brilliant idea....and good for them,someone has ideas that could not only work, but a helping hand.
I think it may have to be means tested, based on need and financial situation. The couple must want marriage counselling in the first place though.
I don't think it it would be necessary. Counseling usually happens when there is a problem, not when people are happy and in love at the beginning of a relationship. It seems the wrong time entirely.
I think my tax money could go to much better uses. Like counselling abused kids or support for the LGB community to prevent suicide.
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