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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A Utah proposal to help more couples save their marriages is advancing in the state legislature.

A Senate committee voted 4-2 Monday to approve the measure from Bountiful Republican Rep. Jim Nielson.

The bill would strengthen a requirement for divorcing parents who have children under 18. It would have them take a class on divorce and how it affects children earlier on in the legal process, before a court grants custody or financial orders.

Opponents of the bill 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 2014 measure now advances to the full Senate. It must be signed by the governor to become law.

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

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