Making the decision to end a marriage is never easy and it isn’t a decision that people generally come to overnight. Minnesota couples typically experience an extended period of unhappiness or dissatisfaction in a marriage before they ultimately decide to file for divorce. Couples may have already explored counseling, therapy, mediation, trial separation and other solutions to help repair a marriage before determining that it is irretrievably broken. The divorce process can be hard enough for couples to deal with.
However, a lawmaker in another state wants to make getting divorced even more difficult for couples. The measure that is being proposed is aimed at tackling the state’s high rate of divorce, even though it already has some of the strictest divorce laws in the U.S. According to the proposal, couples who want to get divorced in Utah would have to first complete a class.
Some people agree that the proposed legislation would give couples some time to rethink things and make sure they are making the right decision. It is also argued that a short class would give adults some crucial perspective on the impact a divorce can have on themselves and their children.
However, others argue that the additional requirement would only make things needlessly more complicated. For example, victims of domestic violence would be required to take the course unless they could prove they have been abused. This requirement could dissuade people from getting out of a dangerous situation. Others argue that the class requirement will do little, if anything, to affect a person’s decision to file for divorce and would be considered largely ineffective.
What do you think? Should states require couples to take a class before granting a divorce? Would Minnesota couples find any relief and support by attending these required classes?
Source: The Washington Post, “Utah legislation would require classes before filing for divorce,” Reid Wilson, Dec. 12, 2013