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Reasons For The Ever Increasing Divorce Rate

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Reasons For The Ever Increasing Divorce Rate

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Married partners have regular, guilt-free intimacy and provide emotional support and intimacy to each
other. Their marriage is recognised by the law as well as the society and both of them have clearly defined
rights and obligations. Marriage also creates a warm and secure home where children can be reared into
mature and emotionally healthy adults.
Despite all the formidable benefits that a marriage provides, it is also a fact of life that divorce rate has
reached astronomical proportions. In some western countries, as many as half of all new marriages are
destined to end in divorce. This shocking statistics raises the question - is the institution of marriage on the
decline? So many divorce also have implications for future social stability. But why has divorce rate
become so high since the Second World War? There are many reasons for this. The most prominent ones
are given below.
Liberation of Women
Perhaps the most defining characteristic of modern age is the liberation of women. The fairer gender is no
longer tied to home and hearth. Women today get equal opportunities as men in terms of education and
employment. This has made them financially independent. They are no longer dependent on men for their
well being and can very well earn and take care of their needs. Since they are empowered financially, they
prefer breaking off a caustic marriage and live alone with their children or enter into a new relationship.
Rise of Individualism
Not very long ago, a person was considered an insignificant unit of the society. Personal wishes and
aspirations had to be suppressed in favour of what the society or relatives demanded from the person. The
individual had hardly any control on his or her life and self-sacrifice was the rule. About 50 years ago, a sea
change occurred. The individual was recognised as a living independent unit of the society and personal
rights and one's own wishes and aspirations began to be considered sacrosanct.
The modern world is characterised by individualism. People today give more importance to what they are
getting out of marriage rather than what their family duties are. If they think they are not satisfied with the
relationship, they do not hesitate in filing for divorce and entering into a new relationship that is more to
their liking.
Relaxed Divorce Laws
For many centuries, marriage was considere...
Reasons For The Ever Increasing Divorce Rate
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Rate/973617
Married partners have regular, guilt-free intimacy and provide emotional support and intimacy to each
other. Their marriage is recognised by the law as well as the society and both of them have clearly defined
rights and obligations. Marriage also creates a warm and secure home where children can be reared into
mature and emotionally healthy adults.
Despite all the formidable benefits that a marriage provides, it is also a fact of life that divorce rate has
reached astronomical proportions. In some western countries, as many as half of all new marriages are
destined to end in divorce. This shocking statistics raises the question - is the institution of marriage on the
decline? So many divorce also have implications for future social stability. But why has divorce rate
become so high since the Second World War? There are many reasons for this. The most prominent ones
are given below.
Liberation of Women
Perhaps the most defining characteristic of modern age is the liberation of women. The fairer gender is no
longer tied to home and hearth. Women today get equal opportunities as men in terms of education and
employment. This has made them financially independent. They are no longer dependent on men for their
well being and can very well earn and take care of their needs. Since they are empowered financially, they
prefer breaking off a caustic marriage and live alone with their children or enter into a new relationship.
Rise of Individualism
Not very long ago, a person was considered an insignificant unit of the society. Personal wishes and
aspirations had to be suppressed in favour of what the society or relatives demanded from the person. The
individual had hardly any control on his or her life and self-sacrifice was the rule. About 50 years ago, a sea
change occurred. The individual was recognised as a living independent unit of the society and personal
rights and one's own wishes and aspirations began to be considered sacrosanct.
The modern world is characterised by individualism. People today give more importance to what they are
getting out of marriage rather than what their family duties are. If they think they are not satisfied with the
relationship, they do not hesitate in filing for divorce and entering into a new relationship that is more to
their liking.
Relaxed Divorce Laws
For many centuries, marriage was considered a very powerful and sacred institution that was not be taken
lightly or broken easily. The will of the society was represented in the divorce laws which were draconian
and made it almost impossible for married partners to break off the relationship. The judges were hostile to
divorce cases and considered marital separation an assault on social conscience.
Over time, particularly since the 1970s, divorce laws have been relaxed in keeping with the increasing
acceptance of marital separation by the society. Today, it is possible to get a divorce in as little as two
months if both the partners are willing.
Relaxation of Social Mores
For a long time, especially since the early 19th century to mid 20th century, social mores were rock-hard
and inflexible. The individual was expected to fully confirm to those or face a social penalty. In the last few
decades, social mores have relaxed and become liberal.
The acceptance level of society has become very high and today, thumbing one's nose at social norms has
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