If you want to get a divorce, you might to think twice. North Dakota lawmakers are considering a bill that would require couples with children to wait a year before the divorce is finalized. However, the waiting period would not apply in domestic abuse cases.
The legislation would also mandate that couples must attend at least “10″ one-hour counseling sessions. The Minot Senator that sponsored the bill says it could save marriages and spare children the trauma of a break-up. The State Bar Association opposes the legislation.
“Even if they’ve resolved their issues through mediation or otherwise, they will all be resolved and then they’ll have to sit there and cruise and wait for this to be finalized, this was according to Sherry Mills Moore, State Bar Association. They won’t be able to figure out how to use the house, or who is going to stay or who is going to go. I think it is going to increase litigation for the temporary period.”