In the state of Iowa, government officials are currently considering a bill that would make it illegal for couples with children living in the home to get a no-fault divorce. According to Radio Iowa, Republicans in the Iowa House are pushing a bill that would prohibit all parents of minor children from obtaining a “no-fault” divorce. The proposal will be debated by the House committee this week. A subcommittee has already looked at the bill, and some seem to be in support of it. In fact, some government officials agree that divorce has a negative impact on children and should be avoided in any situation where it is possible to do so.
Some of the government officials believe that the bill would favor children, rather than adults. The “no-fault” law, advocates argue, is a law that is solely focused on the preferences of the adults and has nothing to go with the difficulties that children of those marriages go through. The proposed legislation would make it so that parents would have to prove a serious reason for divorce if they have children under 18 living in their home. Reasons that a divorce would be permissible when a minor child is in the home would be adultery, situations where one spouse was sent to prison, or situations where one spouse has had a felony conviction.
As well, parents could divorce when a spouse physically or sexually abused someone in the family or abandoned the family for at least a year. These would be the only conditions permissible until the parents did not have any children at home. Thankfully, this proposition has not been considered in California. If you want more information about this law or about divorce in general, then contact a lawyer today. The
Los Angeles family attorneys at Claery & Green are here to help you through any divorce issues you may dealing with whether you are working through a “no-fault” divorce or an “at-fault” one.