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Speak Out: Should Couples Have to Wait A Year Before Divorce is Granted?

SC legislator proposes shortening separation time before divorce becomes official.

A proposed amendment would allow couples seeking a no-fault divorce to be granted one after 150 days of separation.

Currently, couples must wait one year before a divorce is granted.

Rep. Walt McLeod introduce the amendment last month, according to the Anderson Independent Mail.

He says he decided to introduce the amendment after a constituent told him the year-long waiting period only increased the amount of arguing between his parents.

McLeod said other states set no time requirements before a no-fault divorce becomes official.

He said he hoped the shortened required separation time would end mudslinging between the two parties.

But Joe Carter of S.C. Coalition 4 Parents & Children said a shortened separation period would make no difference when it regarding children's emotions.

"The hurt from divorce is already there. Shortening it won't help or make it go away," Carter told the Post and Courier.

Speak Out: What do you think of this proposed amendment? Are there good reasons for couples to wait a full year or should the time be reduced?

Tell us in the comments!


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