Examine the Reasons for Changes in Divorce Rates Since 1969

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There are many reasons for the changes in divorce rates since the 1969 such as the legal changes, the changing role and position of women, also how the expectations for marriage is different. It is shown that from 1969 until 1972, divorce rates had doubled from around 50,000 divorces in the UK. It had more than tripled to 170,000 in 2000. Despite this, divorce rates dropped in 1993 from 180,000 to 157,000 in 2001. We know that in the past divorce was very hard to get as it was only legal for the men to file a divorce and was socially unacceptable. However over the years the government has been passing laws in order to make divorce easier and cheaper. In 1969, the Divorce Reform Act was introduced which made it much easier to get a divorce. Also the law that was passed in 1984; which allowed couples to only stay in a marriage for one year before filing a divorce, helped make divorce easier. Statistics have shown that due to these legal changes more women are filing divorces as 7/10 women have filed a divorce compared to men. Although, people are given more freedom to file a divorce, it doesn’t actually show why these changes have occurred. Another reason is that religion is in decline. Due to this more couples are getting a divorce as religion is seen as less important. In the past, divorce was seen as a negative thing, as society at the time was more religious and also churches never allowed people to remarry. In 1997 a survey was carried out which found out that divorce was quickly becoming “normalised” and it was socially acceptable for people to be divorced and even remarried. The views on women and equality have changed recently too. Employment of women has increased over the last year and this has increases their financial independence, so a husband is no longer a necessity for financial security. They can also receive a range of government benefits to
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