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Outline and assess the main reasons for the increase in the Divorce rate since the 1970s.

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Outline and assess the main reasons for the increase in the Divorce rate since the 1970s. Wide ranges of data and theories have helped to show and illustrate why divorce rates have increase since the 1970s. Since then many laws and theories have been set and ruled. In 1971 the government set "the divorce reform act". This law made divorce easier and a lot cheaper for couples who decided they wanted a divorce and also allowed couples to divorce after only two years of marriage. Before this time divorces were hard to get and were only allowed on the basis of matrimonial offences, showing or proving that one partner had done wrong to the other. These matrimonial offences remained the main reason for divorce until 1971. Since 1971 divorces were easily carried out for more reasons other than just matrimonial offences. Since the 1970s the rates have dramatically increased because a lot of teenagers and younger people are getting married and their relationships don't last long leading to divorce. ...read more.


This simplicity in divorce caused a lot of couples to get a divorce quickly and easily without thourally thinking about it. This ease of divorce increased the divorce rate dramatically. Since 1985 when the "1984 matrimonial and family proceedings act" was set, it meant people could get divorced after one year of marriage instead of the normal 3 years. This ease of divorce was commented on by a sociologist named, David Morgan who said "Divorce has become like foreign holidays - it is now available too increasingly large numbers of the population, not just he elite". This statement being very true, as divorce is so easily available and the processes have become less difficult. The breakdown of marriages is hard for all family's. Some families find it hard to end marriages because of the effects it might have on children. So some people refuse to get a divorce but keep living together for the sake of the children. ...read more.


Divorce rates have however been proven hard to measure as rates fluctuate a lot. Some of this is to do with issues like couples breaking up but still living in the same household. William Goode suggests that divorce is only one way for society to deal with marital problems. In some countries like Ireland divorce is still seen as wrong and illegal. Divorce in Ireland can only take place if the couple can prove that the marriage never really happened. so comparing divorce rate of two countries like England (where divorce is legal) and Ireland were its illegal would not give you an accurate figure. However the main reason for divorce still stand at the relaxation of divorce laws which entitles couples to easy divorces. Explaining divorce rates is hard and quite complicated. As figures are always changing annually its difficult to get a pattern that can completely prove whether the rates are steady increasing or decreasing. This is due to new laws being introduced and the constant change of society's expectations. ...read more.

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