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Arizona House to vote again on divorce-wait bill

he Arizona House on Thursday reconsiders a bill to make some Arizonans wait longer before getting divorced.

The bill failed on a 23-33 vote Tuesday after 10 Republicans joined Democrats in opposition.

Arizona currently requires a 60-day waiting period for court action on a divorce application.

The bill would allow divorces to proceed after 60 days if both parties agreed, but either spouse could request an extension of up to 120 days for extra time to reconcile. But the divorce could continue without delay if a judge finds that one party establishes “good cause” for doing so.

Supporters say the bill could help preserve marriages. Opponents say a longer waiting period extends uncertainties for children and could impose dangerous stresses on couples.

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