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Published February 01, 2011, 12:52 PM

ND Measure Compels One-year Wait on Divorce

A Minot senator says estranged couples who want to get a divorce in North Dakota should have to think it over before splitting up.

By: Associated Press,

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A Minot senator says estranged couples who want to get a divorce in North Dakota should have to think it over before splitting up.

Republican Oley Larsen is sponsoring the measure. The North Dakota Senate's Judiciary Committee reviewed it Tuesday.

It says couples with children who want a divorce would have to attend at least 10 one-hour counseling sessions and wait a year before the divorce becomes final. The waiting period wouldn't apply in domestic abuse cases.

Larsen says the counseling could save marriages and spare children the trauma of a breakup.

A North Dakota Bar Association spokesman says the bill is too broad and would leave children in limbo.

The bill doesn't provide money for counseling. It says volunteers could be used. Professional counseling can cost $150 a session.

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