Mass. proposal would alter divorce law

A selectman in a Massachusetts town recently introduced a bill that would bar divorcing parents from carrying out a sexual relationship in their home.

Wrentham Selectman Robert Leclair’s bill, which was recently put in front of state lawmakers, would prevent couples going through a divorce from “conducting a dating or sexual relationship within the home” until their divorce is finalized, reports the Boston Herald.

Leclair told the news source that the legislation is designed to prevent domestic violence incidents and protect children from unpleasant scenes.

“It’s not intended to abridge the rights of anybody,” he said. “If they want to have an extra-marital affair, just get away from the home.”

State Sen. Richard Ross has sponsored the bill but has yet to comment on it, according to the news source.

Massachusetts is also considering a change to its alimony laws. The proposal currently under consideration would put an end to lifetime spousal support. It would also base the size and the duration of the payments on the length of the marriage. According to The Associated Press, the state currently has no limit on the duration of alimony payments.