Colorado Lawmaker Wants Waiting Period Before Parents Can File for Divorce

The bill would require counseling and cooling-off time. 

by Lesley Kennedy • MORE.com Reporter

Are you a parent heading for divorce? A Colorado state senator wants to make it a law that you must get counseling and go through a waiting period before you’re allowed to file.

The Denver Post reports Republican Senator Kevin Lundberg remains positive that his bill will be met with enthusiasm despite the fact that he says he didn’t realize a similar measure, proposed 10 years ago and known as the “Dr. Laura” bill, never saw the light of day. 

“We have made it just too easy to bail out of a marriage,” Lundberg tells the newspaper, adding that his bill would give an out when domestic violence or sexual abuse is involved.

Coalition for Divorce Reform chairman Chris Gersten tells the Post he thinks similar bills will be considered in at least six other states.

What do you think? Should the state be allowed to dictate when parents can file for divorce? Leave a comment below!

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First Published January 4, 2012

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01.07.2012

The decline of marriage and the escalation of divorce, fatherless children and the havoc visited upon children by family break-up are the greatest tragedies of the last 40 years. The good intentions of some who behind the initial wave of no-fault divorce -- reduction in animosity, protection of women in domestic violence situations -- have produced a host of unintended devastating consequences. Women and children still wind up in poverty in great numbers. The amount of taxpayer dollars spend on societal ills resulting from divorce could provide a jolt to our economy if redirected. But children suffer the greatest. The clear social science research confirms that children of divorce are much more prone to suicide, drug abuse, teen pregnancy, divorce, early death, depression -- and a host of other problems -- coming from a divorced, rather than an intact, married family. My family has personally suffered from divorce, even though I fought to save my marriage in the one state that still allowed me to until it, too, became part of the problem by adopting no-fault in 2010 -- New York. That's why I've become an advocate for reform and helped found the Coalition for Divorce Reform, and helped draft the Parental Divorce Reduction Act. I urge people to become better informed about the ill effects of divorce in our society and join our efforts. Visit my website for my articles, www.beverlywillett.com, and the website of the Coalition. www.divorcereform.info. Beverly Willett, Vice Chair, Coalition for Divorce Reform

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