State Policies to Promote Marriage: Final Report

September 2002

DHHS, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation (ASPE)

The Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation (ASPE) funded this project to learn about the status of policies to support and promote marriage at the state level. It includes policies that have been enacted, as well as those proposed. Also included are policies proposed or adopted prior to PRWORA and those suggested after the law's passage. This report inventories marriage policies in the 50 states and District of Columbia in the following ten areas: Campaigns, commissions and proclamations Divorce laws and procedures Marriage and relationship preparation and education State tax policies State cash assistance policies State Medicaid policies State vital statistics Marriage support and promotion Youth education and development Specialty programs
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