Published on 02/02/11

Marriage Preparation workshop offered April 9

By April Reese Sorrow

It’s estimated that each year in Georgia, one couple files for divorce for every two couples that get married. Couples who participate in premarital counseling are at a lower risk for divorce.

Engaged couples in the Athens, Ga., area are invited to participate in a pre-marital preparation and relationship enhancement program provided by University of Georgia Cooperative Extension, the UGA College of Family and Consumer Sciences and the Aspire Clinic.

A day-long program, limited to 10 couples, is scheduled for April 9 at the Sandy Creek Nature Center.

Couples can also enroll for a series of six one-on-one sessions with a trained counselor at the ASPIRE Clinic, located on the UGA campus.

Registration for either option is $60. Couples who complete the program qualify for a $35 discount on their marriage license.

For more information, visit or contact Ted Futris at (706) 542-7566 or

April R. Sorrow is a science writer with the University of Georgia Public Affairs Office.