Thursday, May 4, 2017
From The Advocate:
Louisiana has sought for decades to stem the tide of the so-called divorce epidemic, from enacting the nation's first "covenant marriage" laws to requiring couples to undergo a lengthy "cooling-off" period before officially calling it quits.
Even the most conservative lawmakers acknowledge that some marriages cannot — and perhaps should not — be saved. But they insist the state has a vested interest in limiting the prevalence of divorce, particularly when children are involved, given the host of societal ills associated with broken homes.
"Many people think it's not the government's business whether you're married or not," said Michelle Ghetti, a professor at the Southern University Law Center. "I would argue that, given the interest the government has in the economy, incarceration and education, it is most certainly the government's business, especially if we're paying taxes for it."
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