As reported in The Huffington Post, Nebraska State Senator Tony Fulton recently introduced a bill in his state that would give a family court judge the option to send married couples with minor children to counseling before granting a divorce. This brings up the question of whether counseling is effective and if it can help distressed couples solve their problems.
Other U.S. states have also proposed laws to require counseling before going through a divorce. The Texas Legislature reportedly rejected a bill proposed by Rep. Warren Chisum in 2009 that would have required every person with a minor child who files for divorce to complete 10 hours of mandatory divorce counseling before the divorce can be granted. The state of Oklahoma also rejected a similar bill.