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 Counselling for newly weds


The federal Government have just announced funding for newlyweds to attend marriage counselling aimed at strengthening relationships and avoiding divorces.


The $20 million trial will begin on July 1 and will see couples handed a $200 voucher to be used on relationship counselling and education services.


The scheme will also be available to those in a committed long-term relationship and to same-sex couples.


According to Minister Kevin Andrews "Australian research also constantly finds that marriage and relationship education assists committed, married, engaged or cohabiting couples to move through the phases of their relationship with improved relationship skills, strengthening relationships for up to five years."


The $200 voucher can be used for marriage and relationship counselling and education, including parenting education, conflict resolution and financial management education.


"We welcome this announcement and look forward to helping couples make a positive future together."

Chris Dawson. Director, Humaneed.


The trial will be evaluated after 12-months.


Announcement extract from ninemsn website