Courts would be
able to expedite final hearings in divorce cases involving domestic violence
under legislation co-authored by State Rep. Chuck Moseley, D-Portage.
House Bill 1014,
which passed unanimously out of the House, looks to protect persons filing
for divorce from abusive spouses by allowing courts to dissolve a marriage
at any time after the spouse has petitioned for divorce. Current law
prohibits a court from conducting a final hearing or entering a summary
dissolution decree earlier than 60 days after a petition or counter-petition
has been filed.
“This bill protects
the rights of women in divorce cases by offering them additional protection
from their abusive husbands, as well as extending this protection to any
children in these homes,” Moseley said.
The bill would
expedite the process of divorce cases where one party has been found guilty
of committing crimes of domestic violence or child abuse.
“Too often I’ve
seen women find the courage to leave these abusive homes but the
victimization does not stop after the termination of the relationship,”
Moseley said. “This legislation will help protect the women and children who
escape these toxic relationships.”
Moseley added that
the protection offered in this bill to victims of domestic violence would be
a large step forward in curbing domestic violence cases.
The bill now moves
to the Senate for further action.