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Editor: Margaret Ryznar
Indiana University
Robert H. McKinney School of Law

Sunday, September 25, 2005

Utah debates divorce waiting period

Draft legislation introduced by Utah State Senator Greg Bell would do away with Utah’s state policy that grants a waiver of the divorce waiting period for couples with young children who are required to attend a class for divorcing parents. . . . Lori Nelson from the Family Law Section of the Utah State Bar urged lawmakers to get rid of the waiting period entirely. Nelson said most couples have spent at least three months working out their finances and separation of property anyway. Sometimes, partners use the waiting period to harass their soon-to-be-former spouse. And the law is unfair. Because couples with children can waive the cooling-off time, they can be divorced in as little as a few weeks, while couples without children have to wait three months or spend more money and time trying to convince a judge to waive the waiting period. By: Rebecca Walsh, The Salt Lake Tribune, here for complete story. (Last visited September 25, 2005, REO).

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