|Benefits and Brass Tacks|
1. Each 1% drop in the divorce rate would save taxpayers $1.1 billion, according to a study released on tax day, April 15, 2008, by the Institute for American Values.
2. Marriage Savers, the creator of this website, has worked with 10,000 pastors and priests in 222 cities to create Community Marriage Policies, that have cut divorce rates by an average of 17.5% over seven years. Some (Austin, Kansas City, KS, Modesto, CA) dropping by 50% or more. This experience persuades us that the divorce rate can be pushed way down. (See http://www.marriagesavers.com)
3. Mutual Consent: If No Fault Divorce is replaced in cases involving children (with no major fault like abuse or adultery) -- with Mutual Consent Divorce in which both husband and wife would have to agree to the divorce, the divorce rate would drop 30% says John Crouch, Director of Americans for Divorce Reform. If implemented nationally, that would save 300,000 children from seeing their parents divorce annually. And it would save taxpayers $33 billion.
4. Shared Parenting: In cases of divorce with children, the presumption of one spouse getting Sole Custody would be replaced with Joint Custody or Shared Parenting in which each spouse would have at least one-third of each week with the children. That Divorce Reform would reduce the divorce rate another 20% according to Crouch and David L. Levy, J.D., CEO of the Children's Rights Council. If implemented nationally, that would prevent another 200,000 children from seeing their parents divorce, saving taxpayers another $22 billion.
5. Both Mutual Consent and Shared Parenting must be sold to State Legislatures which regulate marriage and divorce law. If one Legislature passes Divorce Reform, it would inspire a Reform Divorce Movement across America.
BOTTOM LINE: Ask your state Representative or Senator, "Do you support two changes in the law that could push down our state's divorce rate by 50%, saving hundreds of millions of dollars?
This is an election year. Make it an election issue.