DES MOINES – Scarville legislator Tedd Gassman, a House Republican, has co-sponsored legislation that would ban at-will divorces between married people with children.
According to the bill, a party may petition for divorce only upon proof of any of five conditions when the welfare of any minor child may be affected by the “controversy”:
1. The other party has committed adultery.
2. The other party has committed a felony and has been 7 sentenced to imprisonment.
3. The other party has abandoned the matrimonial domicile for a period of one year or more and refuses to return.
4. The other party has physically or sexually abused the party seeking the order or dissolution or a child of one of the parties.
5. The parties have been living separate and apart continuously without reconciliation for a period of two years or more.
At a Monday press conference in Des Moines, Gassman said “it’s time to look out for the children, instead of constantly worrying about the adults. If my daughter and son-in-law would’ve had some time to work this out, we would have a much different situation today. And, umm, there’s a 16-year-old girl in this whole mix now. Guess what? What are the possibilities of her being more promiscuous? What are the possibilities of all these other things surrounding her life that a 16-year-old girl with hormones raging can get herself into?”