May 27, 2014

A Bill for the Disgruntled Spouse

Massachusetts Bill proposes the following:

“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.”

According to Sen. Richard Ross (R), he merely sponsored the bill but does not support it. The bill was authored by Robert Leclair, the former president of Fathers United for Equal Justice, who reportedly went through a bitter divorce.

Even had I only been advised that Leclair was at one time the president of an organization calling itself Fathers United for Equal Justice, I would have been able to surmise he suffered through a bitter divorce. The very name of the organization implies that Leclair did not believe he was treated equally as his wife during his Massachusetts divorce. While disparate treatment by the Massachusetts family court due to gender is highly unlikely, if there is any truth that fathers in Massachusetts are in need of a Fathers United for Equal Justice in order to get equal treatment, Leclair’s absurd bill proposal certainly does not aid in the cause.