Assess the Arguments for and Against the View That ‘More Permissive Divorce Laws in Themselves Create Increased Marital Breakdown’.

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In this essay I will mention a few points of why there are arguments for and against this view as well as mention which laws are included as well as sociologist views who may for and against the view. There was the Matrimonial Causes act in 1857 which made sure that divorce was easier to access and then there was the 1950 divorce law where it focuses on the one spouse that is being blamed for marital breakdown and thirdly was the 1984 divorce law which made it even quicker to get a divorce if the marriage was unsuccessful, and finally there was the most recent 1996 Family Law Act and what this did was increase the stability of marriage through a period of reflection, and in some ways also make divorce easier to achieve. The view ‘more permissive divorce laws in themselves create increased marital breakdown’, has been argued for and against, for the for argument, the idea that the laws made divorce easier and more affordable, such as the legislation on child support which meant absent parents had to pay for their children. Although there has been arguments against this view, such as the argument that the divorce laws since the 1850’s reflect social change rather than creating it. There have also been other views and explanations of this for example some functionalist views of one below: One such Functionalist Ronald Fletcher (1996) suggested that in this day and age marriage is seen as less necessary and divorce more accepted in wider society, back as far as the 19th century it was much harder to achieve and was even frowned upon. Also he argued that higher expectations of people place on marriage today are a major cause of rising divorce rates. Higher expectations make couples nowadays less willing to tolerate an unhappy marriage. Also those such as Arlie Hochschild (1997) argues that for many women, the home compares unfavourably with work. At work women feel
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