As this shows, there is a Colorado Republican proposing a state law requiring that prior to couples being granted a divorce, that they undergo (unfunded by the way) mandatory one year counseling.
(Disclaimer For the record, the fact that it’s a Republican doesn’t really enter into in to it for me - I understand and agree that generalities about party platforms do not necessarily equal particulars about any individual party member)
According to the article, the legislator (Rep. Dave Schultheis, R-Colorado Springs), had proposed House Bill 1342 to force couples to consider the effect divorce could have on their children before they could split up.
Another republican has proposed a comprimise bill to require 6 hours of counseling on ‘the effect the divorce would have on the children’, and the Governor says that he’d support the proposal as long as **churches and non profits provided the counseling for free ** (nice sidestep).
Yes, divorce has effects, some times serious negative effects on the children involved.
I believe that for the most part, parents are aware of #1 and for those who aren’t 15 years of intensive inpatient therapy won’t convince them that #1 is true.
Yes, the government is already involved (ie, believes that it has a stake in) marriages/divorces etc. but
4. The government does not have any business getting even more involved in my personal life than it already is.