Cuccinelli’s attempts to ban no fault divorce
A recent Washington Post story explored Cuccinelli’s relationship with the fathers’ rights movement, which seeks to influence state and federal laws to give men a better position in divorce and custody cases. Many fathers’ rights groups have pushed to end or reform no-fault divorce laws, and Cuccinelli did the same during his time in the state Senate.
“2008. Ken Cuccinelli writes a bill to give Virginia among the most extreme divorce laws in America,” says the announcer in McAuliffe’s (D) new ad. “If Cuccinelli had it his way, a mom trying to get out of a bad marriage, over her husband’s objections, could only get divorced if she could prove adultery or physical abuse or her spouse had abandoned her or was sentenced to jail. Why is Ken Cuccinelli interfering in our private lives? He’s focused on his own agenda. Not us.”
Cuccinelli spokeswoman Anna Nix said her boss was proud of his record.
“Terry McAuliffe’s campaign strategy is simple: focus on false attacks that divide Virginians,” Nix said. “Ken Cuccinelli believes that children are best served having both their mother and father in their lives and he will not apologize for his efforts to encourage strong Virginia families.”
The spot refers to a measure Cuccinelli introduced in 2008 that would prevent couples with children from getting a no-fault divorce if one member of the marriage objects. (Divorces would still have been permitted in cases of adultery or abuse.) The bill never made it out of committee.
Three years earlier, Cuccinelli offered a different bill on the same topic, which would have made it so a person initiating a no-fault divorce could have that fact used against them when determining custody of the couple’s children.
That’s nothing to be proud of. It’s just more of the same War on Women and thinking “Daddy Ken knows Best” about what’s right for us wimmin folk. Divorced women have a hard enough time making ends meet. Any legislation that prevents women from getting the amount of child support entitled to them is simply wrong.
As for grounds for divorce, who on earth is Cuccinelli to be determining why couples get divorced? I think we all would agree that in ideal circumstances, in a perfect world, children thrive in a home with two loving parents. Unfortunately, not all homes offer this ideal type of nurturing. There are times when people feel they have to get out. For whatever reason, targeting women is simply not the decent thing to do. Nor is using no-fault divorce against any parent in a custody battle the decent thing to do.
Once again, Cuccinelli uses what is obviously his religious background to attempt to legislate his version of morality. He needs to go back to private practice. It sounds like Terry McAuliffe nailed his position head on. You would think Cuccinelli would have at least attempted to deny his far right religious stance on divorce. Its fine that he has those personal feelings. Good on him that he is a good family man. however, he needs to take off the rose colored glasses and realize that much of the world isn’t a storybook with a happy ending.