Bill Summary for S 445 (2021-2022)
Mar 31 2021
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AN ACT TO WAIVE THE REQUIRED ONE-YEAR PERIOD OF SEPARATION FOR ABSOLUTE DIVORCE WHEN A PERSON IN THE MARRIAGE IS A VICTIM OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE AND TO APPROPRIATE FUNDS FOR AN AWARENESS CAMPAIGN.Intro. by deViere, Marcus, Sawyer.
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Amends GS 50-6 to allow the victim of domestic violence committed by the victim's spouse to seek a divorce without having to meet the required one year separation period. Sets out information that must be included in the divorce application that substantiates the domestic violence. Makes organizational changes to the statute.
Appropriates $30,000 in nonrecurring funds for 2021-22 from the General Fund to the Governor's Crime Commission to implement an awareness campaign about this separation waiver. Effective July 1, 2021.
Applies to actions commenced on or after the date that this act becomes law.