'Twogether' marriage seminar offered June 20 in Rockdale

Free workshop offers $60 off marriage license fees

The statewide Twogether in Texas healthy marriage initiative is offering Milam County couples $60 off their marriage license fees.

All a couple has to do is attend a free eight-hour secular healthy marriage workshop. The workshop will be held at the American Academy of Crisis Counseling, 103 Mulberry Street, Rockdale, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, June 20. Lunch will be provided.

Through a provision passed by the Texas Legislature, effective September 2008, couples who complete a state approved eighthour marriage workshop do not have to pay the state's marriage license fee.

On Sept. 1, 2008, this fee increased to $60, double the previous rate. Couples completing the eight-hour workshop will also have the 72-hour waiting period waived when they purchase their marriage license. These secular marriage education workshops are offered at no cost to engaged couples.

The Texas Health and Human Services Commission recently named Lutheran Social Services of the South (LSS) as one of 12 Regional Intermediaries across Texas for the Twogether in Texas Healthy Marriage initiative.

As Regional Intermediary, LSS will be responsible for ensuring healthy marriage services are available in its 30-county Central Texas region, (extending from Hill County to Hays County and from San Saba County to Grimes County).

"Recent studies show that couples that take pre-marital education classes have a 30-percent higher success rate in their marriages," said Patricia Polega, director of Marriage Education with LSS. "Statistics show that children from healthy marriages do better in school, enjoy better physical and mental health, and have a reduced rate of alcohol and substance abuse," said Polega.

"Married couples tend to make more money and live longer lives," Polega said. "Studies show that couples who take premartial education courses like the Twogether in Texas program stay together longer. We want couples all over Central Texas to reap the benefits of these free workshops."

The Twogether in Texas initiative promotes free, skills-based marriage education and provides couples with the tools they need to manage the challenges inherent in relationships. Research has shown that couples who receive relationship education have more stable relationships and increased favorable outcomes for themselves and their children.

Lutheran Social Services of the South is a 126-year-old agency that serves more than 35,000 children, elderly and poor annually. Its ministry includes children's residential centers, therapeutic foster care, adoption, children's emergency shelter, senior retirement communities, long-term disaster response and emergency assistance.

To register for the free June 20th pre-marital class in Rockdale, please call (512) 446-5564 or email ON THE WEB:

For a complete list of Twogether in Texas premarital workshops in Central Texas, please visit www.

For more information on the Twogether in Texas initiative, call Lutheran Social Services of the South at (512) 454-4611 or email

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