Examine the Reasons for Changes in the Divorce Rate. Essay

543 WordsApr 10, 20133 Pages
Since 1969, there has been an increase in the divorce rate and there are many reasons to explain these changes. Firstly, we will look at the trends in divorces. Teenage marriages are twice as more likely to end in a divorce. Also, working class couples have a higher divorce rate and white people are more likely to have a divorce. We will now examine the reasons for changes in the divorce rate. Since 1969, there have been changes in the law regarding divorce. The Divorce Law Reform Act 1969 came into effect in 1971. There was no longer any need to prove a partner guilty of a matrimonial offence. This means that there was no need for guilt but to show that the marriage was not fully repairable. In 1985, the Matrimonial Family Proceedings Act 1984 came into effect. This allowed couples to wait a year before applying for a divorce. In 1999, The Family Law Act 1996 came into effect. This increased the amount of time before a divorce could proceed and counselling was introduced in order to reduce divorce rates. The changes in the law suggest that the government was making divorce somewhat easier so that married couples can have a divorce. Another reason for changes in the divorce rate is the Welfare State. State benefits helped women get a divorce, especially those with children. This suggests that women who are single parents but are married and want a divorce are dependent to the state because the state pays single parents more money. Another reason for changes in the divorce rate is secularisation. People are less likely to be influenced by religious teachings in relation to divorce and love. In the UK, there is currently no leading religion in the UK and therefore the UK is a secular country. One other reason for changes in the divorce rate is increased life expectancy. If a person gets married in their late twenties, they will live for another 50 years and this
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