Examine the Reasons for Changes in the Divorce Rate Since 1969

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Divorce is the legal termination of a marriage and for various reasons; divorce has become much more common in society. These reasons include secularisation, the changes in the expectations of adulthood, changes in the economic state of women and the changes in laws that concern divorce, specifically the Divorce Reform Act. I am going to examine these reasons. Firstly, one reason for changes in the divorce rate since 1969 is the change in how divorce is perceived by society. For example, 50 years ago divorce was considered to be shameful and dishonourable, as you had failed to find a suitable partner. However since then, though divorce is still perceived to be a personal misfortune, is no longer a disgrace. The reason for this shift in social norms and values, particularly since the 1950’s is it is not as uncommon, due to new laws being introduced and changes to existing ones. The major change has been the introduction of the Divorce Reform Act. This act was established in 1969, and allowed the termination of a marriage to become much more customary and less of a dishonour. The act mainly targeted two areas where divorce would be acceptable: the irretrievable breakdown of a marriage, and evidence of adultery, separation, poor behaviour etc. which became sole grounds for divorce. Another reason for the changes in the divorce rate since 1969 could be secularisation. Secularisation means the decline of the importance/influence of religion in a society. Due to science becoming more influential in a modern society, religion is no longer seen as an important consideration that certain norms and values should alter for. As marriage is a religious concept, it might also be seen as insignificant in society and many might not perceive it as valuable or important as much as they used to. Divorce could be the result of this as the decline of the worth
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