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MAKING IT TOUGHER FOR COUPLES TO DIVORCE WON'T HELP ANYONE

There is no doubt that divorce is a traumatic experience, both for the couple and any children. But the recent push to abolish no-fault divorce laws, making it tougher for couples to split, won't reduce the number of fractured families in America. In fact, it might do just the opposite.

Adults and children both suffer when families break up, and statistics showing that half of all modern marriages end in divorce are certainly disheartening. Unfortunately, there's no quick and easy legislative fix to this problem, and no reason to think that having the state as an overbearing third party in a marriage will make it last any longer.

But it's easy to see the impacts of doing away with no-fault divorce laws. When couples are forced to prove that they have a valid reason to split, court battles will be more bitter and more economically devastating to both spouses. . . .

Helping preserve marriages is a worthy goal. Trapping people in bad marriages, and creating more emotional wreckage in divorces, is not.

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