Reasons for the increase in the divorce rate


Two main reasons for the increase in the divorce rate:

  • changes in the law which have made divorce easier and cheaper 
  • changes in society which have made divorce a more practical and socially acceptable way of ending a broken marriage 

Changes in law

  • over the last 100 years divorce has been made easier and cheaper to get and have given men and women equal rights in divorce 
  • partly accounting for the steep rise over the last 50 yrs particularly in the 70's and 80's

History of the divorce laws


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