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House Approves Divorce Mediation Bill

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- The Utah House has approved a bill that would require couples seeking divorce to participate in good faith in at least one session of mediation.

It would cost the state nearly 76 thousand dollars a year to hire a court administrator and couples 75 dollars to 200 dollars an hour for counseling.

The sponsor -- Representative Ben Ferry of Corinne -- said the mediation could reduce the divorce caseload in the courts.

The House approved the bill on a 65-to-five vote.

(Copyright 2005 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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