Wow! We're not sure how constitutional this is, but a part of us thinks it isn't a terrible idea!
Rep. Ed Buchanan, of Wyoming, is reportedly attempting to pass a bill that will require that couples attempting to get married or divorced to go through counseling together - and have to pay for it themselves!
According to the bill, if they don't want to go through that, then they would legally have to wait a year to get a marriage license or a divorce decree!
"Perhaps a year is too long to wait. I wanted to open up the discussion. All it is is education. It's education regarding the most common stressors in a relationship."
The state currently holds the nation's third-highest divorce rate, and is one of the top reasons for children to end up in poverty.
According to Buchanan, Wyoming already requires divorcing couples to take co-parent counseling before the split, but he wants the bill to pass so they can also learn how to deal with each other once the divorce is finalized.
The bill also has the option for a judge to wave the counseling requirement in divorce cases, if one of the parties is a victim of domestic violence.
Wow! You have to admit, it's an inneresting idea - and they certainly seem to have taken a lot into consideration to ensure that nobody's rights are being violated!
What do U think?? Is the bill a good idea or should couples be allowed to marry and divorce as they please??
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