State lawmakers are considering making divorces harder to get in North Carolina.
Senate Bill 518, dubbed the Healthy Marriage Act, would double the time it takes for a divorce to be granted, and also force couples to undergo counseling.
Currently, the state requires a one-year waiting period for divorce, which Susan Huspeth said is already too long.
"Why would you force someone to stay in a relationship when they're unhappy?" she asked.
Hudspeth said her marriage of seven years was unhealthy.
"The things that they're requiring during that two-year period, in my personal opinion, should be required pre-marriage -- when you apply for a marriage license," she said.
But certified marriage counselor Chantelle Johnson believes time and work save the majority of couples in crisis. Except for abusive situations, she said divorce has become a convenient way out for too many marriages.
"I think making it a little more challenging, to give people time to think it through, is a good thing," Johnson said.
The bill was recently introduced, and is still being discussed in hearings.