New bill in Massachusetts would prohibit divorcing parents from having sex in home

Sen. Richard Ross of Wrentham proposed Bill 787.
By Evan Bleier  |  March 24, 2014 at 1:07 PM
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A bill proposed in Massachusetts would prevent divorcing parents from getting busy in their bedrooms at home until they've handled their business in court.

Sen. Richard J. Ross of Wrentham proposed legislation, Bill 787, that would prohibit the divorcing parent from having sex in their home until all legal proceedings are finished.

Ross proposed the legislation on behalf of constituent Robert LeClair, who wrote it himself, and the senator's staff told Think Progress that Ross does not support the bill. Massachusetts law allows legislators to introduce citizen legislation.

According to Bill 787:

“In divorce, separation, or 209A proceedings involving children and a marital home, the party remaining in the home shall not conduct a dating or sexual relationship within the home until a divorce is final and all financial and custody issues are resolved, unless the express permission is granted by the courts.”

The bill does not name a penalty for violating the law. Massachusetts law currently requires a waiting period of at least 120 days for divorces to become official.

[ThinkProgess] [Commonwealth of Massachusetts]

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