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Divorced Homeowners, Pay Attention: Massachusetts Bill Might Apply to You

A new bill has been proposed in Massachusetts that would restrict a divorced or soon-to-be-divorced parent’s activities within his/her home.

Specifically, Bill 787 would prohibit a divorcing parent from having sex in his/her own home until the divorce is finalized.

“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,” states the bill.

The bill was filed by request by Sen. Richard J. Ross, Republican, who proposed it on behalf of constituent Robert LeClair.

As Think Progress reports, Ross is not in support of the bill; instead, he simply proposed it as a courtesy to LeClair, who wrote the bill.

The bill was first filed in early 2013. Last Thursday, it was granted an extension for consideration in the State House until June 30.

Although the bill would attempt to prohibit the sexual activities of a parent in the midst of a divorce, it does not specify what penalty such an act would result in.

Under current Massachusetts law, a waiting period of at least 120 days is required before a divorce becomes official. Bill 787 was referred to the Joint Committee on the Judiciary.


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