Divorces May Take Longer Under Proposed Indiana House Bill

Under current Indiana law, there is a 60 day waiting period.

It may become more difficult for married couples with children to obtain a divorce in the state of Indiana. A bill Indianapolis Republican Representative Cindy Noe introduced would extend the waiting period to finalize a divorce among spouses who have minor children.

Under current Indiana law, there is a 60 day waiting period. Noe’s bill would extend that to 300 days. If the couple completes a 6 hour counseling program, the bill would allow the waiting period to be reduced to 120 days. According to Noe, this bill would lower the divorce rate.

“Our families are fragmenting, and that just very negatively impacts the children in an overwhelming percentage of the cases in their futures,” she says.

Representative Vanessa Summers, says the bill infringes on Hoosiers’ rights.

“If people have fallen out of love, they’re going to leave each other anyway,” she says.

The Family, Children and Human Affairs Committee did not vote on the bill Wednesday, but will likely revisit it in the coming weeks.

Dan Goldblatt

Dan Goldblatt is the Multi-media Producer for WFIU/WTIU News. A graduate of Indiana University, he studied journalism and anthropology. He currently lives in Bloomington with his cat, June Carter.

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  • Neolitic

    Yet another example of republicans letting us make our own choices…..
    I’d rather someone interferes with my choice of light bulbs than my marriage.

  • http://smalltownbigwardrobe.wordpress.com Catherine

    More than tripling the waiting period isn’t going to lower the divorce rate. It’s just going to keep some people married for 240 days longer than they would have been.

    And what about those couples in abusive relationships? The idea that a woman who is being abused couldn’t legally divorce her husband for almost a year is beyond unacceptable.

  • Cmwest53

    I think that divorce is way too easy to get in any state.  Marriage should not be entered into lightly and neither should divorce.  I know there are some women and men btw in abusive marriages but divorce will not change it, no woman should rush into a divorce so they can be rid of a man?  Why so she can rush into another relationship?  Rushing is what gets you into trouble instead of deep thought prior.

  • blonde

    I also think they should see who is actually the good parent to have custody of the children. Just because your a woman does not mean that is your right. I know mothers that have there children 1 or 2 nights a week and still leave them to hang out at the  bars and with their friends. It is obvious to me that the children are not on her priority list. Most the time the mother is leaveing them alone or with strangers. Children 10 anf under that is not a good situation. The courts need to look in to some these items also. The children are the ones paying the price for our bad judgement…

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