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Assess the view that changes in the law are the main cause of rising divorce rates.

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´╗┐Jessica-Kate Bishop Assess the view that changes in the law are the main cause of rising divorce rates. Since the 1970?s divorce has been on the rise, this is believed to be because of many factors such as changes in opinion and the higher expectations people have of each other, but one of the factors that some people consider the most important cause of rising divorce rates it the change in law. The laws on divorce have changed a lot since it was made legal in 1857 and in 1969 after many other laws that increased equality for divorce, it became law that there was no guilty party and there were more options or grounds for divorce for example an irretrievable marriage. ...read more.

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These laws made divorce fairer and easier for everyone involved. This is said to have been the main reason that divorce rates have increased as the numbers of divorce correlate to the times when divorce laws changed. Although it could be argued that other factors like change in people?s opinions towards divorce is the main reason for the increase for divorce as there were many people who would have wanted a divorce when it wasn?t socially acceptable but now the general public accept it and approve they could easily get a divorce with no judgement. ...read more.

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They expect love, passion, romance and happiness, therefore if their marriage does not live up to their ideals they would rather get a divorce and move on in the pursuit of happiness than stay in a relationship where they do not feel they are getting everything they can from it. In conclusion I think that although the rise in divorce could be mainly down to the changing laws for divorce without the other factors involved divorce probably wouldn?t have risen as much, especially with such a stigma around it therefore I believe that change in peoples opinion towards divorce is the main reason for divorce rather than changing laws. ...read more.

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