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Lawmakers To Discuss Divorce

Associated Press - February 9, 2015 6:31 am

Divorce is expected to be the focus of two days of informational Legislative committee hearings on marriage.

Rep. Jan Pauls says one of the key questions to be addressed is whether Kansas has made it too easy for couples to get divorced, especially in cases that don’t involve domestic violence. The Hutchinson Republican serves on the House Federal and State Affairs Committee.

Paul told the Lawrence Journal-World that some people have suggested it would be helpful to have counseling requirements, or extended or longer waiting periods to end non-abusive marriages.

Kansas is what’s considered a “no fault” divorce state, which means that either party in a marriage can petition for divorce. The person seeking the divorce doesn’t have to prove that there are legal grounds for it beyond “incompatibility.”

Terry Clark

February 9, 2015 at 10:02 am

Rep. Pauls, an attorney, apparently wants to drum up more business for her profession.

Such a change in the law would raise the cost of getting an attorney due to the additional work involved. The “counseling” requirement would pile on more expense. This, on top of the recent tendency of Judges in Kansas to send people to mediation and arbitration, which doesn’t come cheap.

The end result would be what has taken place in California, “War by financial attrition”. The person with the most financial resources has a definite advantage. Judges, instead of making decisions, financially wear the litigants out. People, instead of being able to move on, have an oppressive government adding even more misery to their lives, not just in the expensive divorce gauntlet but also in keeping couples together in perpetual unhappiness because they can’t afford to divorce.

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