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No Fault Law and the Divorce Statisticsfrom: Maxx Family Life
Summary: Relatively unheard of before, divorce is now frequent, as divorce statistics reach a milestone with newer systems that allow dissolutions over varied grounds.
While relatively unheard of before a hundred years ago, divorce is now a common occurrence as divorce statistics reach a milestone high and newer systems allow marriage dissolutions on assorted grounds. Most common cause, as most experts agree, is the recent no fault divorce law in which a spouse can claim divorce without the usual fault finding of the other spouse.
Literally, it means that either party to a marriage can sue for divorce with superficial reasons, such as irreconcilable differences, as claims. Though no fault divorce may be used where it can be beneficial to the affected parties, it also allows the easiest grounds for divorce. Whether it's healthy to both parties or not is entirely another matter.
California passed the first comprehensive no fault divorce law, and that being California came as no surprise. This reform inspired a sensational debate with two camps claiming the best interest of each option. Then, in 1970, the National Conference of Commissioners on Uniform State Laws formed the U.L.A. Uniform Marriage and Divorce Act 101 et seq. that provide no-fault divorce if the court finds the marriage is irretrievably broken. While the no fault divorce law can be the best therapy to a broken marriage (e.g. exiting as friends), it can also spawn a number of casual marriages where unilateral divorce is always a common feature.
Though intended nobly, no fault divorce law only has heightened the divorce statistics as the numbers of casual marriages have become ordinary. Noted in The New York Times Maggie Gallagher of the “The Abolition of Marriage: How We Destroy Lasting Love” clearly states that no-fault implementation is related closely with the climbing divorce statistics in the last 25 years. And the number of unhappy marriages haven’t dwindled a single notch.
Divorce statistics in the US alone, excluding non counting states, is reported finalized annually at 957,200 in 2000. Compare it to the total numbers of U.S. marriages, including all the states, reported are 2,355,005 in 2000. Do you want to check the figures? Here’s the link: http://www.divorcereform.org/98-00divorces.html
Take note, the close competition of marriage and divorce statistics.
Other observers and statisticians not only commented the rising trend of casual marriages and no fault law causing the soaring divorce statistics. Other factors also include, such as the rise of cruelty of husbands to spouse, the emergence of feministic females that exert dominance on households and other media trends that promote infidelity and adultery.
Whatever the reasons for the skyrocketing divorce statistics, it seems culture is to blame. It only depends on where the blame issue is proposed, whether factors over law or custom or culture. Too bad, the church has lesser hold on governments and society today; there was a time when they were best at keeping divorce statistics at a minimum.
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