New York, NY- In 1969, California is the first state in the U.S. to pass a no-fault divorce law in. Other states were soon to follow, and now all states offer no-fault divorce with some requiring a waiting period before a marriage is formally dissolved. While some see no-fault divorces as a blessing, others believe because they are so easy to obtain, no-fault divorces are behind the country’s high divorce rate so Conservative state lawmakers are taking steps to make divorce more difficult. The philosophy that making divorce more difficult will prevent a large number of them has been pushed by groups like the Family Research Council and the National Organization for Marriage. And they have the ears of a handful of state lawmakers who have been pushing legislation to make getting a divorce a longer and more complicated process. The same lawmakers who pushback against government intervention in people’s lives want to intrude in people’s marriages, or so it seems. In over a dozen states, conservative lawmakers have been behind legislation that would make the wait times longer for couples seeking a no-fault divorce, making it mandatory for couples to counseling and limiting the reasons a couple can seek divorce. So far, Arizona, Utah and Louisiana have passed such laws, and others are following suit. A divorce lawyer can tell a couple what the wait times in their state is. For instance, last year North Carolina legislators introduced legislation that would extend the wait times for a no-fault divorce to two years and require couples to participate in mandatory counseling. Lawmakers in Iowa introduced legislation prohibiting couples with children under the age of 18 to seek a no-fault divorce, according to the Washington Post. Washington State also wanted to extend waiting periods to one year. Protecting children and preserving the family is a noble cause, and it is true children can be adversely affected by their parent’s divorce. Their grades suffer and are more likely divorce when they get older; the list goes on. But there is also evidence that shows children suffer in similar ways when their parents constantly argue or have a violent relationship. As Scott Keyes wrote in the Washington Post: “No-fault divorce has been a success. A 2003 Stanford University study detailed the benefits in states that had legalized such divorces: Domestic violence dropped by a third in just 10 years, the number of husbands convicted of murdering their wives fell by 10 percent, and the number of women committing suicide declined between 11 and 19 percent. A recent report from Maria Shriver and the Center for American Progress found that only 28 percent of divorced women said they wished they’d stayed married.” There’s no hard evidence that making divorce more difficult will change the fact that one in two American marriages end in divorce.(Great Britain, a country steeped in tradition has a similar divorce rate.) Divorce is such a difficult process and to assume that a person has not carefully considered filing for months if not years before they meet with a divorce attorney is insulting and very short-sided.