Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives
in General Court assembled, and by the authority of the same,
Section 1B of chapter 208 of the General Laws, as amended by chapter 189 of the acts of 1986, is hereby further amended by inserting after the second paragraph the following two paragraphs:-
Notwithstanding the foregoing, at the election of the court hereunder, the aforesaid six month period may be waived to allow the consolidation for the purposes of hearing a complaint commenced under this section with a complaint for divorce commenced by the opposing party under section one.
The filing of a complaint for divorce under this section shall not affect the ability of the defendant to obtain a hearing on a complaint for divorce filed under section one, even if the aforesaid six month period has not yet expired.