Editorial: Divorce bill would expand government's role

Published: Wednesday, April 17, 2013 at 04:51 PM.

Those "limited government" N.C. Republican legislators are at it again.

This time, some GOP senators are proposing a bill that would make Dr. Phil beam – the "Healthy Marriage Act."

Yes, Republicans love talking about smaller government, unless they get a chance to add some new officers in the Morality Police.

SB 518, sponsored by two Republican senators, would require a two-year "waiting period" for a divorce to become final. (Note: the choice of "waiting period" will surely raise the hackles of liberals who will argue that Republicans want to make it harder to get a divorce than to buy an assault rifle).

Further, the law would require that each spouse complete courses on "improving communications skills" and "conflict resolution."

But, that’s not all.

If the couple has children, they are required to take at least four hours of courses on the impact of divorce on children.

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