Bills Would Extend Waiting Time for Divorce, Add Adultery Penalty
Associated Press, January
ATLANTA—Lawmakers are pushing
bills that would make spouses seeking a divorce wait longer and punish those
who commit adultery by causing them to lose their rights to marital property.
A Senate bill introduced yesterday would extend the
waiting period for divorce from 30 days to six months for an uncontested
divorce of a couple with children; the wait would be extended to four months
if no children were involved. The bill is being introduced by state Senator
Mitch Seabaugh—a Republican from Sharpsburg.
A similar bill was approved in the Senate last year but
died in the House. The divorce bill has a good chance of passing this year
with Republicans in control of the House.
In the House, state Representative Nikki Randall—a
Macon Democrat—filed a bill that would prohibit people seeking a divorce
from receiving any marital property if they had committed adultery.
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