Bid to restrict divorces fails

South Dakota lawmakers rejected a bill on Wednesday that would have removed a common reason used by married couples seeking divorces, which would have made it more difficult to divorce.

Rep. Tony Randolph, R-Rapid City, introduced legislation to remove “irreconcilable differences” as a legal reason for couples to get divorced. Irreconcilable differences is one of seven legal reasons that married couples can cite as a reason to divorce, and lawyers say it is the most common.

That’s because a couple can both decide that the marriage isn’t working and ask a judge to dissolve the union.