Following on from the story last week about Ian Duncan-Smith’s proposals to introduce a 3 month cooling off period before divorce, I read with interest that a similar scheme in South Korea appears to be having the desired effect with the number of filed divorces having declined 5 months in a row since the introduction of the new scheme.
An official says: married couples these days tend to take divorce more seriously than in the past, adding the mandatory cooling-off period has helped reduce divorces by giving people time for reflection. “Also, the fragile economy also appears to have made disgruntled couples more reluctant to go their separate ways because of the costs associated with divorce.”
Does this give weight to the cooling off period theory or is it simply that the economy is forcing more couples to stay together?
I personally do not believe a cooling off period is necessary or helpful as most couples have already had a great deal of time to reflect before they make the decision to head to court. What is needed is more help for couples during marriage when problems arise and this means better funding for the likes of Relate and other services that try to help couples with relationship issues.
The Government ( of which ever flavour) should invest in some serious marketing of these services so that couples know where to turn to. At present there is little or no information available to the public on where to get help and more to the point, what help they can get and that is what needs to be addressed.