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Published February 16, 2011, 04:18 PM

ND Divorce Waiting Period Becomes Study

A proposed one-year waiting period before North Dakota married couples could get a divorce has been removed from a state Senate bill.

By: Associated Press,

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A proposed one-year waiting period before North Dakota married couples could get a divorce has been removed from a state Senate bill.

Instead, the measure suggests the Legislature study the effects of divorce.

A decision on whether to conduct the study will be made this summer. The North Dakota Senate voted 41-4 on Wednesday to approve the study bill, and send it to the state House.

Bismarck Sen. Margaret Sitte (SIT'-ee) was a sponsor of the original bill.

It said married couples with children would have to wait one year after a divorce filing before the split could be granted. Domestic abuse cases were exempted.

During the year the couple would have been required to undergo at least 10 hours of counseling.

Sitte says divorce has broad social impacts.

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