A new bill proposed by a group of North Dakota Republicans would require that couples seeking divorce wait one year and undergo mandatory marriage counseling.
The only cases that would be exempt would be those where domestic abuse was reported.
The bill has been a hot topic of debate, since the majority of people are adamantly against the government being involved in their marriages, or any other aspect of their personal lives.
The lawmakers argue that they just want to help lower the divorce rate, since right now, about 50 percent of all marriages end up in divorce.
While the idea of seeking marriage counseling might help with some cases, it most likely will not lower the divorce rate dramatically.
Furthermore, if couples who want to separate wanted to work out their problems, they would have most likely tried to do so already, and extending the time period to get the divorce would be merely a waste of time.
Remaining an extra year in a volatile marriage would make it difficult for the couple and especially the children. The idea of meeting other people has also to be taken into account. If one person decides to move on, they will still be stuck in a dead-end relationship without being about to get out for a year.
Anyone who has thought about filing for divorce should first and foremost seek the help of a divorce lawyer. Between the endless paperwork filled with complicated legal jargon and the extensive period of time it can take to determine who owns what, the process can get very lengthy and lead to numerous arguments.
Divorce attorneys act as mediators in the situation, to prevent the couple form losing their tempers and to arrive at a fair decision quickly and with as little stress as possible.
When you work with a skilled divorce lawyer, everything will be taken care of for you. From completing documents to determining how to split property, assets and debt, your paralegal will handle all the nitty-gritty details so you won’t have any additional burdens.
They also help with determining child custody arrangements as well as child support and always keep the best interest of the children in mind.
Call today to set up an initial consultation with a leading divorce attorney near you to get started on your case.