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According to recent research, no-fault divorce laws seem to be responsible for the increase in divorce in the United States.
The laws represent a potent factor in the nation's high divorce rates, states the study.
Divorce Law History
In the 1970's the “no-fault” divorce law was adopted.
This law enabled couples to get a divorce without proving to a court that one of the spouse's was to blame in the separation.
“The new law was not the only reason why divorce rates rose after 1960, but it appears to have played a role,” says Douglas Allen, an economics professor at Simon Fraser University.
Between 1960 and 1980, the U.S. divorce rate is said to have more than doubled, rising from 9.2 divorces per 1,000 married women to 22.6 divorces per 1,000.
In a publication released by the Institute for Marriage and Public Policy (IMAPP), researchers claim that the no-fault divorce law increases the amount of divorces that occur each year by 10 percent.
“This means that every year approximately 10 percent more children go through the agony of divorce due to the way we frame our divorce laws,” says IMAPP President Maggie Gallagher. “I think that's something to be concerned about.”
(Source: World Peace Herald)
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