New Taiwanese law requires premarital classes


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From a story quoted on the Smart Marriages listserv, titled Marriage classes Taiwan/Cohabitating/Straight Spouse Network-1/03 and sent 1/7/03. No title or author for the original story were referenced.

Tuesday, 7 January, 2003
Marriage classes for Taiwan couples

Taiwan has passed new laws which require couples to attend a class on how to manage a family
before getting married.

In a bid to stem Taiwan's spiralling divorce rate, the "family education
bill" requires couples who are ready to tie the knot to first take a
four-hour course, the Associated Press news agency reported.

Chiang Chi-wen, one of the lawmakers who introduced the bill, said Taiwanese
society needed to stop relying on the authorities to deal with the fall-out
from dysfunctional families. "We've done too much from the downstream, but the root of the problems really rests on families," Ms Chiang said.

She said that the courses could help men and women understand their roles
within marriage.
...
One out of three couples in Taiwan seek a divorce, she said.

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