Marriage & Money

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) Sonia Gallimore joins me on Debt-Free WEALTH Radio, to talk about our co-authored 4 hour state approved Pre-Marital Course for newly weds.

Statistically, almost 1 in every 2 marriages are likely to end in divorce.  This 4 hour course warns you of all the usual reasons and how to avoid or handle them so YOU CAN HAVE – an I Do for ALWAYS!

Married couples statistically make up the most affluent of our society.  We will compare how being single, living in uncommitted partnerships, and divorce is more expensive in more ways than just dollars and cents.

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Florida ONLY Waiver Acceptance

The content of this course is solid for English speaking couples anywhere, as human nature is universal.  If you are in Florida but not in a rush to marry, then apart from the help to avoid being a divorce statistic; there is another benefit for taking our course and showing the certificate:

  • Florida marriage license fee $93.50 + Course fee $30 = $123.50

Show them our course completion certificate (where accepted), and this is how it will play out:

  • Marriage license fee $93.50 – discount for taking an approved course such as ours
  • So discounted marriage license fee $61.00 + course fee $30 = $91.00

However, the state of Florida allows for a certificate from some providers to allow couples marrying in a rush, to bypass the 3-day wait rule (cooling off period).  This course meets those requirements, however, this does not guarantee that your Florida county will accept our certificate in their court.

This list should only be referred to as a guide, not a definitive answer to this question.

Here is a Directory of all Florida County Clerk of the Courts

Some counties would not return our efforts to communicate with them to confirm if our application was accepted. Some counties do not offer any list to couples, and tend to just accept what is offered from a source within the state. Some counties in the state will only accept local providers for this service, even though our course meets all the requirements to provide this course in the state of Florida to bypass the 3-day wait rule.

As best as we have determined, below is our status with the various Florida Clerk of the Court, where you go for your marriage certificate.

The following are all Florida Counties
Our status of acceptance with these counties is subject to change without notice. As we are aware of any changes, we will make every attempt to keep this list updated
We were unable to verify with all the counties. Some do not have a list for couples. Some have a list, but it is not online. Some will only use local providers. Some did not respond to confirm our listing with them.

We will not refund the course fee just because your county does not accept our certificate, as this course was not created to avoid the 3-day waiver.  The fact that the course certificate allows for bypassing the 3-day waiver is a bonus, not the reason for the existence of the course.  If bypassing the waiver is the only reason for taking this course, please be sure to confirm with your county that our certificate will be accepted before registering.  Thank you.

The following are all Florida Counties
Our status of acceptance with these counties is subject to change without notice. As we are aware of any changes, we will make every attempt to keep this list updated
We were unable to verify with all the counties. Some do not have a list for couples. Some have a list, but it is not online. Some will only use local providers. Some did not respond to confirm our listing with them
Alachua accepts
Baker accepts
Bay accepts
Bradford accepts
Brevard accepts
Broward accepts
Calhoun
Charlotte accepts
Citrus accepts
Clay
Collier accepts
Columbia accepts
Miami-Dade accepts
DeSoto
Dixie
Duval accepts
Escambia accepts
Flagler accepts
Franklin
Gadsden accepts
Gilchrist accepts
Glades accepts
Gulf
Hamilton accepts
Hardee accepts
Hendry
Hernando accepts
Highlands accepts
Hillsborough accepts
Holmes accepts
Indian River accepts
Jackson accepts
Jefferson accepts
Lafayette accepts
Lake accepts
Lee accepts
Leon accepts
Levy
Liberty accepts
Madison
Manatee accepts
Marion accepts
Martin accepts
Monroe accepts
Nassau accepts
Okaloosa
Okeechobee accepts
Orange accepts
Orange Comptroller
Osceola accepts
Palm Beach
Pasco accepts
Pinellas accepts
Polk accepts
Putnam accepts
St. Johns
St. Lucie accepts
Santa Rosa
Sarasota accepts
Seminole
Sumter accepts
Suwannee accepts
Taylor accepts
Union accepts
Volusia accepts
Wakulla
Walton
Washington accepts

 

3 day Wait Waiver Exclusions

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Failure of a county to accept our certificate is NOT GROUNDS for a refund.

Our main office is located in Broward County.  While our course MEETS the requirement outlined for the 3 day wait waiver in the state of Florida,  there are some counties in Florida that may not take our certificate.   

  • Some counties opt to accept providers from their county only
  • Some counties do not maintain a list of providers of this course and
  • some counties do not maintain an online directory for us to verify we are recognized as a provider in that county.

For example:

* Achula county will not take our certificate as they recognize course providers in their county.

* Brevard county has an online list and only local providers in that county are on that list.  We cannot confirm they will take our certificate if presented.

LIST by County: State of Florida clerk of the court.  Please check with your county to confirm a certificate from Sonia Gallimore, LMFT; will be accepted

As we hear from your experience with your county, we will create a list of non-participating counties as a courtesy.  If you experience any challenge accepting our certificate, please let us know, especially the county that you encountered this challenge with.  There is no way for us to know ahead of time which counties will receive our certificate.  We are in compliance with the state requirements for providing this course, and the course is valuable in its content and intention, even if you had no intention of getting a waiver.

Refunds for this course happen on a very limited basis, because this course  was created as a strategy for reducing your chance of being a divorce statistic NOT just to meet Florida marriage license wait-waiver guidelines.  Our compliance with the state allows Florida only county clerk of the courts issuing marriage certificates to consider your request for a waiver to the required 3-day wait (cool down period).  If you need this waiver to get married, please check with your county court house if they will accept a certificate signed my Sonia Gallimore, Florida Licensed Marriage Therapist.