(Washington Post) A Utah state lawmaker has proposed a measure that would require a married couple to complete a mandatory course before filing for divorce, toughening what are already some of the strictest divorce rules in the country.
Utah already requires parents who have petitioned for a divorce to take an hour-long class that the state says provides information about the impact a divorce can have on children and about alternatives to divorce. Any Utah residents filing for divorce must wait 90 days for the legal separation to be finalized.
But under the new proposal, first reported by the Salt Lake Tribune, the partner petitioning for divorce would have to take the class before filing if the couple has a child under the age of 18. The measure, sponsored by state Rep. Jim Nielson (R), would require the other partner to take the class within 30 days of a divorce petition being filed.
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