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GOP bill would make it harder to get divorced

A pair of Republican lawmakers want to make it harder to get a divorce in North Carolina by making estranged couples wait longer and go to counseling.

The Healthy Marriage Act would extend to two years the current one-year waiting period in order for a divorce to be finalized. During that time, the couple would have to complete courses on improving their communications skills and conflict resolution.

If the couple has children, they would have to take at least a four-hour class on the impact of divorce on children.

Veteran Sen. Austin Allran of Hickory is the primary sponsor. Second term Sen. Warren Daniel of Morganton has signed on to Senate Bill 518. Both are lawyers.

Separated couples could resume living together during the two-year waiting period, under the bill. Either the husband or the wife would have to have lived in North Carolina for six months before filing for divorce.

It would also strike from the current law a provision that says “isolated incidents of sexual intercourse” don’t count against the one-year waiting period. It’s not clear if that means an occasional fling with your estranged partner would count against you under the proposed law.


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Marriage

Who gets married? I keep reading about all the babies being born to unwed mothers. The government is the big baby daddy and we ain't about to get divorced from him. Or her.

Too much controversy over marriage now. Ditch the whole thing like half the people ditch their marriage vows.

Live together and leave whenever.

The Hypocrites...

...that write this legislation will surely consider themselves above it.

Absolutely Ridiculous

This is absolutely ridiculous waste of time. Some republicans must have nothing better to do than sit around dreaming up ways to meddle in people's personal lives.

LESS REGULATION - isn't that what Republicans preach?

Find a way to create jobs and end wasteful spending but stay out of people's personal lives,

Divorce time

I do not think we need to lengthen the time to get a divorce. You build up enough hate for both your and your wife's divorce lawyer as it is. Having to deal with both lawyers for two years would be horrible. Horrible enough to probably want to stay together.

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