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North Carolina Legislature Considers Bill Making Divorce More Difficult

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Cultural phenomena tend to come and go, and the pendulum tends to swing from one side of an issue to the other over time before swinging back again. Recent decades have seen almost the entire country adopt what is known as a no-fault divorce system whereby the person filing a divorce case does not have to state a reason for doing so. There are also very short waiting periods that are in place across the country and in general divorce has been made as easy as possible to obtain.

That is starting to change in different jurisdictions across the country, as different bills have been introduced that would turn back the no-fault divorce system. Other bills would change some of the waiting periods and put other requirements in place that would make it more difficult for a couple to legally dissolve their marriage. It looks as though North Carolina is the latest jurisdiction to consider taking these types of steps.

According to several news reports, a bill is being discussed that is known at least informally for now as the Healthy Marriage Act. The bill, if it would ever become law, would extend the waiting period for a divorce to be finalized from one year to two. During that waiting period, a couple would be required to complete courses that deal with communication skills and conflict resolution. Finally, if there are children of that marriage, the parents would have to take at least a four-hour class on the impact of divorce on children before a case could be closed and a marriage dissolved.

Obviously, this bill is being met with heated debate. Those in favor of it want to see the divorce rate drop, and those against it feel that it is an infringement on the freedom of choice possessed by consenting adults. There is no telling as to how far the bill will go. What is known is that this is not a bill that is being discussed in California, so if you are considering bringing about an end to your marriage, contact the San Diego divorce lawyers at the Men’s Legal Center today to schedule an initial consultation.