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Massachusetts lawmakers: No sex between divorcing couples

On Behalf of | Apr 11, 2014 | Divorce

Although in the throes of a divorce, some couples end up carrying on a physical relationship despite the impending divorce and end of a marriage. Those types of relationships may no longer be an option, at least legally, if a Massachusetts lawmaker has anything to do with it.

A new bill is up for consideration before the Massachusetts legislature that bans sexual relations between divorcing couples. The bill, S787, which was first proposed in 2013, is currently under consideration in Massachusetts, although it is unlikely that it will pass. Still, there are hearings on the legislative schedule for April that are aimed at garnering support for its passage. The bill is designed to require that anyone who is involved in divorce proceedings obtain permission from a judge before they can even go out to dinner or experience any type of romantic exchange.

The bill is being sponsored by Massachusetts Senator Richard J. Ross. Ross doesn’t believe the bill will pass and was quoted as saying that it was “going nowhere in the legislature.” In fact, Ross appears to disagree with his own bill and claims that it was not even his idea. Apparently, the senator submitted the bill for a recently divorced constituent who was hoping to protect children during the process of divorce in regards to their parents engaging in a new sexual relationship.

The bill is slated to be considered by the state legislature before June 30. Enforcement of the law among couples in the midst of a divorce, should it pass, would be difficult if not impossible, and it is not clear what penalties those adjudged guilty of violating the law would face.

There are enough concerns during a divorce without having to worry about this bill. Experienced family attorneys can provide information about such divorce topics as child custody, alimony and property division.

Source:, “Sex Between Divorcing Couples Banned In Massachusetts Soon?” No author given, Mar. 30, 2014

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