Prepare to pledge more money to tie the knot in AL - WAFF-TV: News, Weather and Sports for Huntsville, AL

Prepare to pledge more money to tie the knot in AL

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People with plans to tie the knot will now have to plan to lay down more money before they walk the aisle.

Marriages will cost more in Alabama in the new year.

Effective Jan. 1, couples can expect to pay $30 more for their marriage licenses.

The extra money will go toward helping victims of domestic violence.

During the 2015 legislative session, the state created a new Domestic Violence Trust Fund to help cover the cost of some programs and shelters.

In Madison County, the price hike means couples will now pay $89 for a license to wed.

Advocates for domestic violence victims say the money is needed, giving them a dependable source of income to maintain facilities and help victims get back on their feet.

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