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Section 4. Effective January 1, , subsection 5 is added to section Section 5. Effective January 1, , section Each individual shall verify completion of the course by filing with the application a valid certificate of completion from the course provider, which certificate shall specify whether the course was completed by personal instruction, videotape instruction, instruction via other electronic medium, or a combination of those methods. All individuals who complete a premarital preparation course pursuant to this section must be issued a certificate of completion at the conclusion of the course by their course provider.

A psychologist licensed under chapter A clinical social worker licensed under chapter A marriage and family therapist licensed under chapter A mental health counselor licensed under chapter An official representative of a religious institution which is recognized under s.

Any other provider designated by a judicial circuit, including, but not limited to, school counselors who are certified to offer such courses. Each judicial circuit may establish a roster of area course providers, including those who offer the course on a sliding fee scale or for free. The affidavit shall also include the addresses where the provider may be contacted. Section 6. These pilot programs shall offer a premarital preparation course based on statistical information and data obtained by researchers from the Florida State University Center for Marriage and Family.

Any curriculum developed by The Florida State University Center for Marriage and Family researchers shall be the sole property of the center. Section 7. The material in the handbook or other suitable electronic media shall be reviewed for accuracy by the Family Court Steering Committee of the Florida Supreme Court prior to publication and distribution.

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The clerks may also make the information in the handbook available on videotape or other electronic media and are encouraged to provide a list of course providers and sites at which marriage and relationship skill-building classes are available. The information contained in the handbook or other electronic media presentation shall be reviewed and updated annually.

Section 8. Pursuant to the federal Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act of , each party is required to provide his or her social security number in accordance with this section. Disclosure of social security numbers obtained through this requirement shall be limited to the purpose of administration of the Title IV-D program for child support enforcement.

The effective date shall be printed on the marriage license in bold print. If a couple has submitted valid certificates of completion of a premarital preparation course, the effective date of the marriage license shall not be delayed. Exceptions to the delayed effective date must be granted to non-Florida residents seeking a marriage license from the state and for individuals asserting hardship. Marriage license fee waivers shall continue to be available to all eligible individuals.

For state residents, a county court judge issuing a marriage license may waive the delayed effective date for good cause. Section 9. The clerk shall, for purposes of anonymity, keep all such questionnaires in a separate file for later distribution by the clerk to researchers from The Florida State University Center for Marriage and Family.

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These questionnaires must be made available to researchers from the center at their request. Researchers from the center shall develop the questionnaire and distribute them to the clerk of the circuit court in each county. Section For purposes of anonymity, completed questionnaires must be kept in a separate file for later distribution by the clerk to researchers from The Florida State University Center for Marriage and Family.

These questionnaires must be made available to researchers from The Florida State University Center for Marriage and Family at their request.

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The actual questionnaire shall be formulated by researchers from Florida State University who shall distribute them to the clerk of the circuit court in each county. Effective January 1, , subsection 2 of section The Marriage Preparation Course. The Parenting Children Course. The Parenting Teenagers Course. Run Run a Course.

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New Series. Log in. What is The Marriage Preparation Course? Who is it for? What can I expect? Over five sessions you will explore:. Session 1. Communication Learn your personality types and your communication styles. Session 2. Commitment Explore the importance and benefits of committed relationships. Session 3. Resolving conflict Discover potential relationship challenges and how to tackle them. Session 4. Keeping love alive How to maintain the momentum of your relationship. Session 5.