By SEANNA ADCOXAssociated Press
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - A proposed amendment to the South Carolina constitution would allow couples to divorce after 150 days of separation, rather than one year.
The House Judiciary Committee voted 12-11 Tuesday to advance a measure asking voters whether to shorten the required separation for a no-fault divorce to five months.
Opponents argued couples may reconcile during that year. But House Majority Leader Bruce Bannister says forcing couples to remain married beyond when they can get a legal settlement only adds contention and can make it more difficult on children.
House Minority Leader Todd Rutherford agreed, adding the current law gives people incentive to lie to get a quicker divorce. Residents can get a divorce in 90 days on the grounds of adultery, desertion, physical abuse or habitual drunkenness.Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.