2003 New Mexico Mutual Consent/Counseling Divorce Bills


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46th legislature - STATE OF NEW MEXICO - first session, 2003

HOUSE BILL 755
INTRODUCED BY
Janice E. Arnold-Jones

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SENATE BILL 677
INTRODUCED BY
Mark Boitano


(Identical bills introduced 2/14/03. Get updated information on these bills' status at http://legis.state.nm.us/)
AN ACT
RELATING TO DOMESTIC AFFAIRS; LIMITING RELIANCE ON INCOMPATIBILITY AS GROUNDS FOR DISSOLUTION OF A MARRIAGE; REQUIRING COUNSELING PRIOR TO DISSOLUTION OF CERTAIN MARRIAGES.


BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF NEW MEXICO:

Section 1. Section 40-4-1 NMSA 1978 (being Laws 1973, Chapter 319, Section 1) is amended to read:

"40-4-1. DISSOLUTION OF MARRIAGE--GROUNDS--LIMITATIONS--COUNSELING REQUIRED.--

A. On the petition of either party to a marriage, a district court may decree a dissolution of marriage on any of the following grounds:

(1) incompatibility, as provided in Subsection B of this section;

(2) cruel and inhuman treatment;

(3) adultery; or

(4) abandonment.

B. Unless both parties agree that incompatibility exists or the district court finds that domestic abuse, as provided in the Family Violence Protection Act, has occurred and has entered an order of protection pursuant to the provisions of that act, a district court shall not decree a dissolution of marriage on the grounds of incompatibility if:

(1) the wife is pregnant; or

(2) there is a minor child in the custody of one or both of the parties.

C. Prior to entering a dissolution of marriage decree in an action for divorce in which a minor child is in the custody of one or both of the parties, the court shallrequire that the parties attend no less than six hours of counseling. The counseling shall be in no less than three separate sessions and shall be conducted by one or more of the following:

(1) a licensed marriage and family therapist;

(2) a licensed psychiatrist or a licensed psychologist;

(3) a licensed professional clinical mental health counselor;

(4) a licensed independent social worker; or

(5) an official representative of a religious institution or his designee.

D. The costs for the counseling provided in Subsection C of this section shall be paid by the parties and may be allocated between the parties by the court."





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