Proposed Law Would Make Couples Wait One Year to Divorce

Proposed Law Would Make Couples Wait One Year to Divorce

A bill has been introduced in the Tennessee Legislature that would require parties seeking a divorce based on irreconcilable differences to wait one year to divorce. House bill HB0438 and senate bill SB0428 were filed by Representative DuBois and Senator Stanley.

Under the current law there is a waiting period of 60 days for a divorce based on irreconcilable differences if there are no unmarried minor children. If there are minor children the waiting period is 90 days from the time of filing. The proposed law would increase the waiting period for parties with children. If the children are between 15 and 18 years of age, the waiting period would be increased to 180 days. If there are children under the age of 15 then the time period would be increased to one year.

Senator Paul Stanley (bill sponsor) is quoted in the Tennessean as saying "I think divorce is far to convenient in our society". The Tennessean has a full story on the proposed law and has some responses from lawmakers in the state.

One of the problems with this legislation is that it has the potential to increase divorce costs dramatically. Generally the longer a divorce goes on, the more the costs increase for the parties.

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