• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

Using material from Item B and elsewhere, asses the view that changes in the law are the main cause of increases in the divorce rate.

Extracts from this document...


Using material from Item B and elsewhere, asses the view that changes in the law are the main cause of increases in the divorce rate. In recent years, laws have changed views on divorce. In the past, divorce was less common due to the attitudes towards it and the accessibility of it. Law has increased divorce rates, because without the divorce law, it would not be possible to divorce in the first place. It was too expensive and only Act of parliament which was costly could afford it. In the past divorce was less common because it was difficult to obtain, since the law was made easier, divorce rates have raisin. It was difficult because women have to prove that their husbands had been committing adultery and the cruelty as well, where as the men were allowed to divorce unfaithful wives quicker. There are now 50 times more divorces each year then there were in 1921. ...read more.


This also shows that marriage is not losing is touch because people are still willing to look for the 'Mr/Mrs Right'. Giddens argues that our closest intimate relationships based on romantic love are becoming more pragmatic. We are no longer looking for the perfect partner but we are searching for the perfect relationship. When it fails to satisfy an individual will move on, romantic love is now being replaced by confluent love, and marriage life is being replaced by serial monogamy. The government were partly responsible as they abandoned the section of the Family Law Act (1996) that intended to replace existing divorce procedures with a single ground for divorce. With this law couples could only be allowed to divorce if they had children a and after an 18month cooling period and counselling had taken place, if after that it still did not work out divorce would be granted. ...read more.


As a result of churches not allowing these marriages, many people stopped going to church, the church then lost community members and later then allowed divorced people to re-marry because of the negative response they were getting. When making decisions about divorce many people would not look at religious beliefs for this particular reason because they felt they were not being supported in any way, as they would decline when trying to sort out problems. Although the law is to blame for the increase in divorce it is not to be the full cause of divorce as many other factors also play a part in why people do divorce such as standards being to high, people rushing into marriage and social attitudes. As laws have begun to change so have people attitudes towards divorce, as society as a whole, divorce is becoming more socially acceptable because it is now very common and likely to be experienced by many or even witnesses. Many people's religious beliefs have begun to decrease due to the bad image religion gives to divorce. Janki Dattani 12E3 ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our AS and A Level Work & Leisure section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related AS and A Level Work & Leisure essays

  1. Using material from Item A and elsewhere assess the contribution of functionalist sociology to ...

    The child moves from particularistic standards to universalistic standards. This is important in an increasingly complex and specialised division of labour. Within the family status is ascribed, whereas in the school status is largely achieved. Schools encourage achieved status and school is also important from moving children from their particularistic and ascribed status to their universalistic and achieved status,

  2. Assess The View That Material Deprivation Is The Most Important Barrier To Educational Attainment.

    To understand a working class child, you would need to listen to the whole story from the beginning, where as with a middle class child you would understand the story from listening halfway through. Bernstein therefore concludes that for a working class child to achieve good grades at school they must adopt the elaborate code spoken by teachers.

  1. Critically examine the view that society is becoming Mcdonalized using relevant examples to illustrate ...

    using the internet to shop means it has become a popular option for many. An example of how the internet has encouraged Mcdonalization is the website www.ScreenSelect.co.uk which is DVD rental company like "Blockbuster" but based on the internet. The next extract is taken from the Screen Select homepage "Choose online from over 44,500 titles.

  2. Examine the reasons for changes in the patterns of marriage, cohabitation and divorce in ...

    For many other couples, cohabitation is viewed as an alternative to marriage rather than a preparation for it. However, this alternative is less likely than marriage to lead to a long-term stable commitment. Cohabiting relationships are fragile. They are always more likely to break up than marriages.

  1. study I am reviewing is "Are NHS patients becoming increasingly consumerist?".

    Also again as I mentioned earlier way the researcher gave the respondents the option of answering the questions neither agree or disagree made a large gap in the findings. Leaving it that many respondents had no opinion of the questions being asked.

  2. a) With reference to the Items and elsewhere, assess the view that the introduction ...

    In other ways the same barriers that were in place in the tripartite system still stand. The schools perform differently depending where they are, who goes there and how good the teachers are. The students from the working class are still underachieving compared to the middle class pupils.

  1. To what extent were changes in Scottish leisure, religion and education between 1880 and ...

    Other than travelling the media also began to bring news and culture of a wider world to Scotland. The 1872 Education Act had improved literacy and cheap paperback books and comics were becoming widely available along with national daily tabloids such as the Scottish Daily Express, which was started by Lord Beaverbrook.

  2. Free essay

    Assess the view that women are becoming more actively involved in politics

    Cash argues that women earn less than men which affects their ability to afford accommodation and childcare. The last C, confidence, states that women think it is difficult to compete at candidate selection. While there is some truth to these claims by the Fawcett Society, the Society has been criticised

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work