Thursday, May 17, 2012
HUNTSVILLE, AL - Over the past two decades, divorce rates around the country have skyrocketed. Alabama is no exception to the trend. In fact, the state ranks sixth in the nation for the highest rate of divorce. With more and more marriages falling apart, more and more children are struggling to cope.
Alabama lawmakers are working curtail the growing trend's negative effects on children with House Bill 482. Family law attorney Henri McDaniel says the bill is a good thing. In here more than thirty year career working with divorcing families, she says she's seen it all.
If passed, House Bill 482 will require a four hour marriage dissolution education course before any parent of a child under 18 could file for divorce. Portions of the program would focus on "increasing the parents sensitivity to childrens' needs" and at "giving parents skills to improve their own and their childrens' adjustment to the breakup of the family." Sponsors say its an effort to help the parents find ways to get along for the sake of the child.
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