New program prepares engaged couples for marriage

New program prepares engaged couples for marriage

February 7, 2008

Denise Horton
Ted Furtus

Ted Furtus

Assistant Professor

Department of Child and family development
Human Development and Family Science, Department ofCollege of Family and Consumer Sciences

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Athens, Ga. - Engaged couples in Clarke, Oglethorpe and Oconee counties are being sought for a marriage enrichment program provided by the University of Georgia College of Family and Consumer Sciences.

"With a divorce rate that hovers around 50 percent in Georgia, it's clear that pre-marital counseling and education could provide couples the insight and support they need for a successful marriage," said Ted Futris, an assistant professor in the FACS child and family development department. "In addition, a state law passed in 2005 offers couples a discount on their marriage license if they receive at least six hours of premarital instruction."

Couples have two options for the program. They can enroll for a series of six one-on-one sessions with a trained counselor or they can attend a series of workshops that will include five-to-seven other couples. Although the one-on-one sessions will be determined by the schedules of the participants, the group workshops are set for Monday nights, beginning Feb. 18; Wednesday nights, beginning March 19; and Friday nights, beginning April 4. A day-long program will be offered on Saturday, April 26. Enrollment for that session is limited to 10 couples.

Registration for both formats is $30, but couples who complete the program will qualify for a $35 discount on their marriage license and couples who complete the pre- and post-test surveys will receive an additional $30.

For more information, call Ted Futris, 706/542-7566, or email him at

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