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.