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Free courthouse weddings in Atlanta to celebrate season 7 of ‘Married at First Sight’

To celebrate the seventh season of Lifetime’s Married at First Sight, the network is paying for courthouse weddings of 70 couples in seven cities across the country. 

In Atlanta, the first 70 people who arrive at Fulton County Probate Court on July 10 between 8:30 a.m. - 4 p.m., will have the cost of a marriage license which ranges from $36 - $76 (it costs less with premarital counseling) covered by Lifetime.

Couples in Dallas, New York City, Los Angeles, Chicago, Boston and Miami will also have the chance to have a free courthouse wedding.

>> Related: 'Married at First Sight' couple calling it quits after a year of marriage

“Married at First Sight has been a part of countless couples’ journeys to falling to love and we couldn’t think of a more fun way to celebrate this lucky seventh season,” said Gena McCarthy, Executive Vice President, Head of Programming, Lifetime Unscripted & Head of Programming, FYI in a statement. 

Launched in 2014, Married at First Sight moved from FYI to Lifetime in 2015  has become a breakout hit. The series filmed its third season in Atlanta. The upcoming season of the show which premieres July 10, follows three relationships featuring Dallas area singles and serves as the anchor for Lifetime’s Tuesday night “Real Love” programming which also includes Seven Year Switch

On the show, couples are matched by a panel of experts -- psychologist Dr. Jessica Griffin, sociologist Dr. Pepper Schwartz and marriage counselor, Pastor Calvin Roberson -- on scientific matchmaking measures. They meet for the first time at the altar as they exchange wedding vows. The couples also receive counseling and mentoring throughout the season as they shift from newlyweds to couples dealing with marital struggles. Once they have been married for several weeks, they must decide to stay together or get divorced. 

The show doesn’t have a great success rate with marriage. Of 18 couples in six seasons, only four have remained married. 

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