It is no secret that many Georgia residents consider divorce a sensible way to end a marriage that they feel is not working. The reasons for ending a marriage are as varied as the people seeking this solution. According to a new report put out by the Institute for American Values, the number of divorces in the United States as a whole may decrease if couples are forced to wait for longer periods of time before being granted the divorce.

The report suggests that as many as 40 percent of married couples in the U.S. who have filed for a divorce would consider reconciliation. The problem, the report contends, is that couples are often granted divorces faster than the time it might take to reconcile. It suggests that some changes to current law might help to decrease the overall number of divorces. The proposal is called Second Chances Act.

One of the proposal's goals is to help couples who have children get the time they need to reconcile the marriage, if that is possible. The report suggests that couples with children are often the most receptive to reconciliation.

The proposed legislation would enforce a one year waiting period for those seeking a divorce. However, individuals can send notification to their spouse letting them know their intentions without actually filing for divorce. The legislation would also require education classes for parents with children and suggests the creation of university-based education centers to help those at risk of divorce.

It is not known if any of these changes will ever be made. It is also not known if they will actually achieve their goals if they are enacted. For those in Georgia who need to explore divorce options, consultation with an experienced attorney may prove beneficial.

Source: The Christian Post, "'Second Chances' Proposes Modest Reforms of Divorce Law," Napp Nazworth, Oct. 28, 2011