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!


Marty Martin April 24, 2013 at 04:09 PM
60 days is plenty.
Carolyn Farr Smith April 24, 2013 at 04:57 PM
Don't you think it would save a lot of time if marriage licenses were similar to a driver's license? You could have an option to renew. I guess that would only work if you didn't have children or any property together. But it would speed up the process and cut down the added expense of hiring lawyers, paying court fees, etc.
Hal Millard April 24, 2013 at 09:58 PM
I like that idea Carolyn.
rgall April 25, 2013 at 05:35 PM
Shorten the time. 60 days would be ideal!
TruckerTwotimes May 16, 2013 at 08:23 AM
No, according to the news they are killing each other already, it should be like canceling a license tag


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