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Critics are skeptical about a new legislative bill in Georgia that would require parents with children to wait four months when making the decision of whether or not to divorce. The bill, which has been proposed by Senator Mitch Seabaugh (R), is based on the notion that children are better off, regardless of the situation, when their parents are married.
This idea however is receiving backlash from opponents, who emphasize that children are better off when their parents are happily married, however, there has been no evidence to show that children are better off being raised in an unhappily married family versus a family of divorce.
While divorce can be a troubling and traumatic adjustment for children, studies actually suggest that children seem to show less sign of distress and antisocial behavior after the divorce of a chronically unhappy and unstable marriage, than when the parents were still married.
Senator Mitch Seabaugh's bill also contains legislation to require that divorced parents take an educational class on the adverse effects of divorce on children. While seemingly a good measure, questions regarding funding and availability are still at hand.