As we discussed in our post earlier in the week, the legislation expected to be introduced in Missouri by the Speaker of the House, Timothy Jones would institute a "responsible spouse" policy that in essence would allow the party who does not want the divorce to be awarded 70 percent of the community or marital property. Not only that, but if the couple has children, the mother would receive custody of the children for the first seven years following the divorce.
A recent news article reported that Missouri Speaker of the House, Timothy Jones, is planning on introducing legislation that is aimed at increasing the marriage rate, reducing the number of "out-of-wedlock" babies and making it more difficult to obtain a divorce in the state. Apparently another goal of the legislation is to make it financially less attractive for unmarried women to have children. This is according to a national marriage consultant and co-founder of Marriage Savers.
More and more couples are choosing cohabitation over marriage, which is resulting in a number of couples also having children out of wedlock. And while the concern among many scholars is usually focused on divorce and children, recent research is pointing to the fact that more attention also needs to be given to the impact that cohabitation may have on children.
Nowadays more and more couples are choosing to live together, buy a house and have children together, but are not making the choice to get married. So in situations where these couples break up, both exes find themselves having to file separate lawsuits to do things like divide up a home, but then another lawsuit to figure out child support, child custody and visitation.