Divorce could get a makeover in NC

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March 29, 2013 4:07:06 PM PDT
A bill was filed Thursday that could make it harder to get divorced in the state of North Carolina.

The Healthy Marriage Act would change the state's divorce process and require a two-year wait for divorce.

The bill was filed by Republican Senators Austin Allran and Warren Daniel.

If passed into law, married couples would be required to undergo mandatory counseling for two years before the divorce would be finalized.

If the couple has children, additional counseling would be required. Lawmakers want parents to understand the impact divorce has on children.

The current requirement for divorce requires couples live separately for one year. The proposed legislation would make the living situation optional for the two-year waiting period while the couple completes courses on improving communication and conflict resolutions.

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