The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Published on: 04/20/07

A proposal that would require couples with children to separate for at least 120 days before obtaining a final decree of divorce cleared the state Senate late Thursday.

The couple also would be required to attend an education workshop on the effects of divorce on children.

"We cannot solve this problem on our own," said Sen. Mitch Seabaugh (R-Sharpsburg), the sponsor of the proposal. "But we can take appropriate steps; we can play our part in reducing family breakdown."

Seabaugh crafted his proposal for extended waiting times as an amendment to House Bill 369, a measure on child custody proceedings. The 120-day separation period could take place before filing for divorce or after. Georgia law now requires a 30-day waiting period to obtain an uncontested divorce.

The amendment passed 31-19. HB 369, with the divorce amendment, now goes back the House for approval.

SOURCE: Atlanta Journal-Constitution