Republican legislators in North Carolina continue their quest for “smaller government” by proposing a law that would require married couples to wait a full two years before getting a divorce — and if they have sex at any time during that period, it restarts the clock.
The Healthy Marriage Act would extend to two years the current one-year waiting period in order for a divorce to be finalized. During that time, the couple would have to complete courses on improving their communications skills and conflict resolution…
Veteran Sen. Austin Allran of Hickory is the primary sponsor. Second term Sen. Warren Daniel of Morganton has signed on to Senate Bill 518…It would also strike from the current law a provision that says “isolated incidents of sexual intercourse” don’t count against the one-year waiting period. It’s not clear if that means an occasional fling with your estranged partner does count against you under the proposed law.
Because nothing says “small government” like demanding to know whether you’ve had sex with your spouse in order to determine when you can get a divorce.