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Bill would require counseling before granting a divorce

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BISMARCK -- A North Dakota couple seeking divorce could have to wait six months and be required to attend a minimum of five marriage counseling sessions if bill debated Monday becomes law.

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Lawmakers heard House Bill 1423 Monday, which Rep. Naomi Muscha, D-Enderlin, and other sponsors say is intended to benefit children caught in the middle of a divorce, who could see an increase in financial and mental health concerns as a result.

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