Oklahoma lawmaker's bill would restrict divorces

Oklahoma state Rep. Mark McCullough, R-Sapulpa, is the author of House Bill 1548, which would not allow married couples to divorce on the grounds of incompatibility if there are minor children living in the home, if they have been married longer than 10 years or if either party objects.
BY ZEKE CAMPFIELD zcampfield@opubco.com Published: February 12, 2013
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Clarence Hill Jr., executive director of Eye to Eye Marriage Enrichment Community, said the increasing failure of marriage in Oklahoma and nationwide constitutes a “crisis” of foster care and juvenile delinquency.

“We believe that the best way to cause government not to expand is by strengthening the family,” Hill said.

Marriage occurrences in Oklahoma, according to the Center for Disease Control's National Center for Health Statistics, was 7.2 per 1,000 people in 2010, tied for 20th in the nation. The divorce rate was 5.2 per 1,000 people, tied for third.

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