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There are many factors why family and household patterns have become more diverse in the United Kingdom since the end of the Second World War;

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There are many factors why family and household patterns have become more diverse in the United Kingdom since the end of the Second World War; this is due to the changes in our value and laws, which will be explained in detail in this essay plan. In the UK, there are many diverse family structures, which were not heard of prior to the Second World War. The different family structures are: * The nuclear family * The extended family * The lone parent family * Same sex family * The reconstituted family * The household family * The cohabitating family The UK's values and laws are changing, which is why we have such diversity. * Divorce reform act 1971: this bought in 'irretrievable breakdown' this meant divorce cases in England and Wales rose considerably between 1971-1987. ...read more.

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People do not feel the need to marry in a church. Since 1992, there have been more civil ceremonies in England and Wales than religious ceremonies. In 2007, civil ceremonies accounted for 67 per cent of all ceremonies, which is an increase from 61 per cent in 1997. This also led to lone parents, cohabitation and the same sex family as this is no longer looked upon as a "sin" or as an "evil act." This led to a rise in same sex families, divorce, the cohabitating family, reconstituted families, and the lone parent family. Also there is a high amount of immigration in the UK; ONS figures show this has increased to 6.5 million, a rise of more than two million in seven years. The increase in the number of South Asian families in UK has contributed to an increase in the number of extended families. ...read more.

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society, because the 1950's were so severe many young people rebelled this was linked to the growing acceptance of drugs and greater sexual freedom. People then became more tolerant of homosexuality, divorce and other family structures because of this people no longer feared what others may say. This led to a rise in homosexuality and same sex families. * Women now have higher expectations, women expect to be treat equally to men, we want to be happy in relationships, most women have become the decision makers in relationships, women now want to have careers, women have power over what they do, whether they marry, or have children. This led to a rise in divorce, reconstituted families, lone parent family, and the cohabitating family. The evidence presented shows that there is not one typical family type in UK and that are many contributing factors to why UK is such a diverse country. ...read more.

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