US: Stricter Divorce Laws Not Needed

Sponsors of the legislation, dubbed the Family Second Chance Act, argue the legislation will save taxpayers money. Divorce is correlated with higher rates of poverty and juvenile delinquency. They contend reducing the number of divorces will save the state money in social services.

While we would agree divorce should be discouraged, it’s not the government’s role to serve as a de facto marriage counselor. Family, friends, pastors and others should offer those seeking divorce — particularly if it is the result of a snap decision made in the heat of an emotional moment — advice and help in keeping their marriage together. If it is a healthy marriage, it is clearly better for children and society.

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