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RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -- Some North Carolina senators and advocacy groups want married couples to wait longer before a divorce and take classes in hopes of changing their minds.

A bill in the Senate would extend a mandatory waiting period from one year to two years and would require couples to take courses and would allow them to live together instead of apart while they wait.

Supporters say the measure would improve divorce rates and protect children. Others say it prolongs and complicates a painful process.

The bill is in a committee widely regarded as a graveyard for legislation, so its sponsor wants to move it to a Senate Judiciary Committee.

Hickory Sen. Austin Allran says he would consider changes, especially adding exemptions for victims of domestic abuse.

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