By Michael Hausam
A proposed amendment to Massachusett’s divorce law would require divorcing couples to obtain specific authorization before a couple can have any sort of romantic interaction.
The exact wording:
In divorce, separation, or 209A proceedings involving children and a marital home, the party remaining in the home shall not conduct a dating or sexual relationship within the home until a divorce is final and all financial and custody issues are resolved, unless the express permission is granted by the courts.
The bill was proposed last year but just this week received an extension for continued discussion. It is designed to spare children additional emotional turmoil during an already extremely difficult process. There is no explanation on the criterion that a judge would use in order to grant or withhold permission.
Republican state Senator Richard Ross, the author of the bill, distanced himself from it after receiving media blowback, saying that he merely submitted it at the request of a vengeful constituent.