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2005 Iowa waiting period
Senate File 60 BY KREIMAN
This bill allows dissolution of marriage without a hearing, prior to the expiration of the 90-day waiting period, only if all the following conditions are met: no children, completion of marital counseling, and that both parties (or the petitioner, if other spouse does not file a response) certify a breakdown of the marriage. In addition, the parties must have settled all of the issues involved in the dissolution, unless the respondent has not filed a response in the case.

2005 Georgia Waiting Period
SB25 By: Senators Seabaugh, Harp, Schaefer, Hill, Pearson and more.
A Bill to require certain divorcing parents to participate in education classes that focus on the effect of divorce and separation on children; to provide for the types of persons who can provide the education; to provide for exceptions to the education classes; to provide that a court shall grant a divorce only after a 120-day period from service for those who do NOT have children under 18, and a 180-day period for those parties who DO have children under 18.

2005 Utah Study Commission (Including study of Waiting Period)
Substitute H.B. 56 Sponsor: Peggy Wallace
This bill creates the Divorce Task Force to study issues related to divorce, including causes of divorce, domestic violence; irreconcilable differences; pornography in the home with minors; waiting periods before a divorce is final; and the costs of divorce.

2005 North Dakota Waiting Period
- IRRECONCILABLE DIFFERENCES SINK ND DIVORCE WAITING BILL
KFYR TV
FEB 12, 2005

STATE LAWMAKERS COULDN'T RESOLVE THEIR DIFFERENCES ABOUT DIVORCE ON
THE HOUSE FLOOR TODAY.
AT ISSUE WAS A BILL TO REQUIRE ANY COUPLE SEEKING A DIVORCE FOR
IRRECONCILABLE DIFFERENCES TO WAIT FOR SIX MONTHS... AND IF CHILDREN ARE
INVOLVED, THE PARENTS WOULD BE REQUIRED TO TAKE A TEN HOUR SEMINAR ON THE
EFFECTS OF DIVORCE ON CHILDREN.
CRITICS SAY IT WAS TRIED BEFORE BACK IN THE EARLY 1980S.

Rep. Kari Conrad/(D) Minot: Counselors were required to see people that had
no interest in reconciling. It was just a mess. And both judges who had been
very big proponents of this asked the legislature to withdraw it.

Rep. William Devlin/(R) Finley: In our society, we seek cooling off periods
from everything from contract negotiations to other areas, where people need
to step back from something to allow some thought without the high emotions
that are prevalent in this type of decision.

HOUSE MEMBERS VOTED AGAINST THE BILL, 59 TO 34.

2004 Georgia waiting period/education bill passed by Senate, stalled in House committee

2004 Comprehensive Louisiana Divorce Law Reform Bill

2003 Indiana Waiting Period Bill

2003 Louisiana Comprehensive Divorce Reform Bill

2003 New Hampshire HB 351 - 6 month waiting period/custody education program. (Establishes a 6-month waiting period before divorce for families with children. Unlike many waiting periods, the period is begun by filing a declaration of intent to separates -- it does not require the parties to stay separate, or to have already filed for divorce, both of which tend to hurt the chances for reconciliation and reconsideration of the divorce).

2002 COLORADO DIVORCE COUNSELING/WAITING LEGISLATION

Text of Georgia waiting period bill HB 1472.

Georgia Senate approves divorce waiting period, adds Covenant Marriage option

(Note: Most bills from earlier years are no longer pending, although some have been continued to the next session instead of being killed.)

Portion of article on the pros and cons of waiting periods from a divorce lawyer's perspective.


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