I recently read an interesting article about an Arizona marriage bill that extends the time one must wait before a divorce. Under current Arizona law, a married couple must wait at least two months after filing for divorce to have a divorce decree granted. A Republican by the name of Nancy Barto is sponsoring a bill that would increase the amount of time a couple must wait to six months. Barto’s three main reasons for extending the amount of time a couple must wait are:
1) It doesn’t allow married couples to make a spur-of-the-moment decision to divorce. Barto hopes that couples will reconsider their options and whether or not divorce is an answer to the problems they are facing.
2) It is expensive to get divorced — not just for those involved, but for the state as well.
3) The effect divorce can have on the children involved.
Response to the bill has been mixed and many wonder whether extending the period of time will really make a difference or not and there are already options out there for saving money during divorce proceedings. The example given in the article is the “flat-fee divorce” which allows couples to pay a single attorney fee for services rendered in divorce proceedings.
In California it is already the law that a party must wait 6 months and one day from the date of filing for divorce for a decree of divorce to be finalized.