- Associated Press - Thursday, April 3, 2014

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - Utah Gov. Gary Herbert has signed into law a proposal to help more of the state’s couples save their marriages.

Herbert’s office in a Wednesday statement announced that he gave final approval to the measure.

The measure strengthens an existing requirement for divorcing parents who have children under 18. It requires them take a class on divorce and how it affects children earlier on in the legal process, before a court may grant custody or financial orders.

Critics say it’s not likely to do much good. They say once couples reach the class, they will likely go through with the divorce.

Utah was the first state to require that parents complete such a class in 1994.

The law goes into effect July 1.

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Online: HB323 http://le.utah.gov/~2014/bills/static/HB0323.html

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