|Volunteer: How You Can Get Involved|
1. Meet Your State Legislators
The odds are that your State Representative in the Legislature and your State Senator have never spoken with a constituent who asked for these two steps to Reform Divorce that could reduce your state's divorce rate by 50%. Why not propose that your Representative or Senator lead the battle to slash your state's divorce rate in half, saving the state tens of millions of dollars? There's no better time to do so than in this election season.
2. Build a Reform Divorce Committee
Ask your friends who have also suffered from a divorce as a child or as an adult to join you in this fight. If ten friends form a Reform Divorce Committee, each of you could talk to 10 Representatives and 10 Senators. Create a Blog, and ask your ten friends to do the same. If each reaches out to ten new victims of divorce, you now have a Reform Divorce Committee of 100 who could become a real political force. One place to start is with the Children's Rights Council, which has chapters in 37 states of activists who have had a divorce forced upon them. Call David Levy, 301 459-1220.
3. Hold a Press Conference
Your Reform Divorce Committee of 100 could meet the press in front of your State Capitol, demanding that the Legislature consider the need to Reform Divorce. Give any state Representative or Senator who takes the lead, the visibility of speaking at your press conference. Use data published in a new study, released on April 15, 2008, on the costs of family fragmentation, for your own state, "The Taxpayer Costs of Divorce and Unwed Childbearing." For a copy call the Institute for American Values, 212 246-3942,.
4. Draft legislation
Here is how Virginia considered replacing No Fault Divorce with a requirement of Mutual Consent if children are involved, and no major fault such as abuse, adultery or conviction of a felony are alleged. It is not complicated: The Virginia bill (2008) provided that unilateral divorce "shall not apply if (1) there are minor children born of the parties born of either party and adopted by the other, or adopted by both parties, and (2) either party files a written objection to the granting of a divorce..."
5. Ask the Governor to Reform Divorce To Slash Divorces in Half
No one is more visible than a governor in a state. His/her support would guarantee that Divorce Reform would be debated and considered seriously.
6. Create a Website Linked to www.ReformDivorce.org
Each group of activists needs its own website to make a case for reform, and keeps track of how the issue is faring. Your work will inspire other states to follow your example. Think of your group as a "City on a Hill," as Jesus put it, an example to others.
7. Build a Movement
It is unrealistic to think that the "ignorance and fear" which dominates current thinking on Divorce Reform by state legislatorsi can be overcome -- unless a grassroots Reform Divorce Movement is created with thousands of activists, all of whom call upon their state legislators to act on this issue.
8. Set a Goal: Enact Reforms in 2009
Reform Divorce suggests that State Reform Divorce Committees set a goal of passing a law to enact Divorce Reforms in 2009. That means you must spark the movement for action during 2008. A quarter of the year is already passed.
"The fields are white unto harvest, but the workers are few."