On February 19, 2008, a bill was introduced in Michigan's state legislature to amend the divorce statute with respect to grounds for divorce. If passed, this law would take Michigan residents back 38 years. In terms of the majority view on morality, evidenced by significant increases in cohabitation rather than marriage as a lifestyle, it would take us back to the 18th century. The legislation, if passed, would state:
Sec. 6. (1) A complaint for divorce may be filed in the
circuit court upon the allegation that there has been a breakdown
of the marriage relationship to the extent that the objects of
matrimony have been destroyed and there remains no reasonable
likelihood that the marriage can be preserved.