When I ran for delegate many years ago, part of my platform was to reform the Virginia divorce laws. I tried to argue that the long separation periods and endless litigation acted as a wheel to run over women and children. Well – nothing’s really changed. It still takes a year of separation to finish a divorce.
Now I am not for easy divorce. But as a good libertarian should, and based on my legal experience, long separation periods don’t hold people together. it just creates instability. I once knew a woman who was separated from her husband for seven years and was in a serious relationship with another man. So, the divorce laws do not hold people together.
So, let’s do on the state level what needs to be done to take divorce as much as possible out of the legal system, encourage agreement, empower judges to enact attorney’s fees for those who use the court system for revenge and hatred and get these separation periods shortened to say 30 or 60 days. I also would decriminalize adultery so as to get the Fifth Amendment out of the divorce courts. Seek ideas, my fellow Republicans and stop being afraid of the ‘easy divorce” label. Just like ending Prohibition does not mean you have to drink alcohol or encourage others to do so, reforming divorce laws does not mean you are for easy divorce!
Come up with some ideas and lets win back suburban women (and urban and rural ones, too!) AG Cuccinelli, call your office after you read this blog!