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Introduced Senate Bill (S)

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Pre-divorce counseling. Requires parties in a dissolution of marriage action to complete a marriage counseling program if: (1) the parties assert irretrievable breakdown of the marriage as a ground for the action; and (2) the court finds that: (A) the parties are the parents or legal custodians of a minor; or (B) a party is pregnant and the party's spouse is the child's father under Indiana law. Provides for certain exceptions to the requirement. Specifies requirements for the marriage counseling program the parties must complete. Provides that a court administrator may enter into an agreement with one or more third Pre-divorce counseling. Requires parties in a dissolution of marriage action to complete a marriage counseling program if: (1) the parties assert irretrievable breakdown of the marriage as a ground for the action; and (2) the court finds that: (A) the parties are the parents or legal custodians of a minor; or (B) a party is pregnant and the party's spouse is the child's father under Indiana law. Provides for certain exceptions to the requirement. Specifies requirements for the marriage counseling program the parties must complete. Provides that a court administrator may enter into an agreement with one or more third parties to provide the court-ordered marriage counseling. Provides that the agreement must require the provider to waive some or all of the cost of the program if directed to do so by the court administrator for purposes of accommodating the ability of a party to pay. Provides that each calendar year: (1) counties shall provide information regarding divorces in the county during the preceding calendar year to the management and performance hub (MPH); and (2) the MPH shall post the information on the MPH's Internet web site. ... View more