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On Proposed bill would abolish no-fault divorce in Kansas


Richard Heckler 4 years, 2 months ago

It is more GOP big government intruding into the private lives of voting taxpayers. Too many of these ALEC right wingers

GOP politicians must believe that being a politicians somehow brings monster amounts of wisdom and assumed morality. I don't think the legislature is the proper venue for this intrusive action. Put it to the voters. GOP politicians cannot be trusted to make rational decisions.

If people don't want to mess with divorce best not get married.

Doug Weston 4 years, 2 months ago

It's about time that all those good Christian conservative politicians who want to "preserve the sanctity of marriage" turn their attention to the 50%+ divorce rate among heterosexual couples.

Stuart Evans 4 years, 2 months ago

Marriage should be harder to get into and easier to get out of. We don't need any more bible-wielding nut-jobs, trying to instill their religious obligations on the rest of us.

Betty Bartholomew 4 years, 2 months ago

I'm torn on this one.

On the one hand, when you realize you've made a mistake in who you've married, you should be able to get out of it.


I tend to think the standard for divorce should be a lot higher after children have entered the picture since it is no longer just about the needs of the parents. After kids, if there is a claim of "no-fault", there should be a mandatory counseling period for the couple to try and mend the relationship and/or other proofs that they have done everything they can to make things work. Getting divorced because you're "no longer compatible" is just being childish after you've had a kid. (And I do say this from a biased perspective having watched it happen to my sibling and seeing the effect it has had on their child.)

Brock Masters 4 years, 2 months ago

It is a contract and isn't one of the provisions often for better or worse? So, like any other contract one party shouldn't be able to unilaterally break it.

Best thing for everyone is for the government to get out of the marriage business.

John Graham 4 years, 2 months ago

People unilaterally break contracts everyday. When they do the injured party is due damages. Unfortunately courts have not viewed the marriage contract in the same way they do other contracts due to the no fault clause.

Greg Cooper 4 years, 2 months ago

Come on, people of Kansas, and support this bill. It is another (?) effort on the part of the ruling cabal to increase the earnings of a particular business in the State of Kansas, and is that not what the party has promised, after all?

The business is the attorney business. Just think, if there is no "no fault" divorce, then there are only "at fault" divorces, and which do you think costs more to defend or to fight? At fault, of course. So, the attorneys for both sides make more dollars relieving both parties to the divorce of their dollars. And, as a side benefit, the parties will most likely be required to pay for attending counseling, go to church and do all the other things that a pseudo-religious state can require of its citizens. How can we lose?

Perfect Neo-Republican strategy. Just perfect.

Glenda Stadley 4 years, 2 months ago

'No Fault' divorce is an easy out for those with much different reasons than irreconcilable differences, or different values. Mediation is also a joke, as expensive as it is, when one party refuses to compromise, or even communicate a word. Filing divorce in different county should also be changed to reflect residence the last 12 months prior to filing making it impossible to hide, from the judge, a previous marriage and divorce to the same spouse, which damages the family.

Addie Line 4 years, 2 months ago

Suggesting mandated counseling for couples who want to divorce is a ridiculous idea. They're adults and can make the decision on whether or not to pursue counseling on their own. It can be argued that famies staying together for the sake of the kids can be even more detrimental than divorce to children, see the 25 year longitudinal study done by Judith Wallerstein. And causing each indivual to site the others faults leading up to divorce would actually decrease their ability to successfully coparent after the divorce, considering the resentment one would naturally have after all their mistakes, wrongdoings etc were dragged through the court system. We're really going to let the courts decide that one person is at fault for a failed marriage? In any relationship it often is both individuals who contributed to the problem, aside from situations where abuse is occurring. Trying to coerce others to point fingers hoping that they'll remain in miserable relationships really crosses a line.

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