State senators will take up the issue of divorce Friday, just one day after Valentine's Day.
Senate Bill 5614, also called the "Family Second Chances Act,” would extend the divorce waiting period in Washington from 90 days to one year before a marriage would be officially over.
Supporters say the idea is to avoid impulsive decisions. The bill's sponsors believe even a small reduction of divorce in Washington could benefit families and their children.
But opponents say the bill hurts people in abusive marriages. They have started a petition online.
"For those who are divorcing abusive spouses, the current 90 days is too long a wait, filled with fear and abuse from those they are divorcing. This new bill, if voted in by our senators, would be making that wait a living hell for the abused,” reads the petition.