Petition 81353

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Divorce (81353-C2-¶161.D)

Amend ¶161.D as follows:  
  
God’s plan... We grieve over the devastating emotional, spiritual, and economic consequences of divorce for all involved, understanding that women and especially children are disproportionately impacted by such burdens, and are concerned about high divorce rates.  
It is recommended that methods of mediation be used to minimize the adversarial nature and fault-finding that are often part of our current judicial processes, with a bias in favor of reconciliation, wherever possible. We also commit ourselves to examining how no-fault divorce laws and other aspects of family law can be reformed so as to not contribute to such negative societal trends as high divorce rates.  Although divorce publicly declares...

Rationale

No-fault divorce statutes weaken societal respect for marriage as a permanent relationship, often favor the spouse seeking divorce, and can tempt couples facing temporary problems with a an ultimately devastating “easy out” over counseling to save the marriage.  Reform should be sensitive to legitimate concerns about abusive marriages.  NOTE: the...