Healthy Marriage Act bill would extend divorce waiting period for NC couples

    12:26 PM, Mar 29, 2013   |    comments
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    Greensboro, NC (WFMY) -- Divorce is a painful process for families but when couples want to call it quits in North Carolina they could have to wait even longer before getting out of their marriage.

    State Senator Austin Allran (R), who represents Alexander and Catawba Counties is behind proposed changes to amend the "Healthy Marriage Act." Under the new changes couples would have to wait two years before filing absolute divorce but that's not all. It would also require couples to complete counseling.

    Couples would have to complete courses on communication and the impact of divorce on children. The bill would not require couples to live separate and apart.

    Currently couples only have to wait a year before getting a divorce.

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