North Carolina to consider the “Healthy Marriage Act”

Undoubtedly it will receive far less attention than the controversy over same-sex marriage, but considering that the proposed change will actually affect more people a North Carolina proposed law is worth following.

As reported by ABC’s Raleigh-Durham affiliate WTVD, the proposed legislation would “extend[] a mandatory waiting period from one year to two years, [and] require[] couples to take courses in hopes of changing their minds and allows them to live together instead of separating.”

Is this the sign of a new direction in national divorce policy? After many decades of relaxing access to divorce, we may be on the cusp of a pendulum swing led by policy makers seeking to strengthen the family unit. Whatever the motivations of the proponents of these types of laws, and no matter how efficacious these policies may be, it is certain that such changes will not occur without a fight.