Last week on The Daily Weekly Nina Shapiro looked into an effort bubbling in the state legislature orchestrated by senate Republicans that would make divorces harder to get in our state. Not surprisingly, many readers found the idea to be downright ridiculous.
As Shapiro's post noted:
The same senator that brought you the parental notification bill, Don Benton of Vancouver, has introduced what he calls the "family second chances act." SB 5614 would radically increase the amount of time divorcing couples must wait before proceeding with their dissolution--from 90 days to an entire year.
The waiting period may be waived in cases of domestic violence, such as when one of the spouses is convicted of "a violent of sexual felony against the other party or a minor child." And what if a spouse is convicted of a violent or sexual felony against someone else? Apparently not grounds enough to ditch your spouse in a hurry, in the view of Benton and his nine like-minded colleagues, interestingly only one of whom is a woman (Sen. Sharon Brown, a Kennewick Republican).
The bill is aimed at encouraging couples to reconcile. To that end, it requires that a handbook given to estranged couples incorporate "information on the option of reconciliation, including research on the interest in reconciliation among couples considering marriage dissolution, the potential benefits of avoiding marriage dissolution," and "resources to assist with reconciliation for interested couples."
To which commenter Elsie replies:
Make it harder to get divorced, and even fewer people will marry in the first place. More will choose to live in unmarried partnerships that can be easily dissolved if things get ugly.
Let's see the GOP, which is so concerned about big government interfering in our lives, wants to regulate our intimate relationships. Isn't that just more government interference in our lives not less?