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Family court judge proposes slowing down Kentucky divorces

A Kentucky judge is taking action to defend the institution of marriage against the ones who most often oppose it — married couples seeking a divorce. The judge met with state lawmakers last week to urge them to consider placing some new restrictions on the pace at which a couple can obtain divorce in the state of Kentucky, noting in a statement that he believes divorce in the current era has become "a superhighway with no off-ramps and no speed limits."

The judge's specific recommendations were aimed at couples with children who are seeking a divorce, recommending that these couples be required to take a pause while in the divorce process, in order to contemplate if a divorce is truly necessary and ultimately the best choice for their particular family.

Under his proposal, parents who are seeking a divorce in the state of Kentucky would see the waiting period stretched from 60 days to 180 days, and would also be required to participate in meetings to determine if the marriage is truly "irretrievably broken." The judge contends that in many cases, one member of the marriage is significantly less interested a divorce, and deserves to be given a voice. He noted that he often will order couples seeking a divorce to undergo counseling to explore if their marriage can be mended.

His plan is not without its detractors, however. Opponents of the proposals suggest that it is not necessary for the government to hold couple's hands once they have gotten as far as a courthouse in the divorce, but that divorcing individuals should be granted the dignity of a process that is as painless as possible.

If you are considering a divorce, it is important to know that it does not have to a be a painful and protracted process. With the guidance of an empathetic and understanding legal counsel, it is very possible to obtain a divorce while protecting the rights and dignity of all parties involved.

Source: Courier-Journal, "Outspoken judge: Stop quickie divorce," Morgan Watkins, Nov. 05, 2016

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