Changing Patterns of the Family

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  • Changing Patterns of the family
    • Divorce
      • 2012- 1/2 of marriages ended in divorce
      • Changes in society
        • Changing role of women
        • rising expectations of marriage
        • growing secularization
        • Changing social attitudes
        • contraception
        • growth of privatised nuclear family
        • reduced functions of the family
        • Increasing life expectancy
      • Changes in Law
        • Divorce Law Reform Act(1969)
          • Made irretrievable break down marriage acceptable
        • Matrimonial and family proceedings act (1984)
          • Allows divorce after 1 year of marriage
        • Family Law Act (1996)
          • allows divorce after period of reflection
    • Cohabitiation
      • 80% of married couples have previously cohabited
      • Changing role of women
      • Reduced functions of the family
      • Changing social attitudes
      • Growing Secularisation
      • Reducing risk
    • Living Apart Together Relationships (LATs)
      • Levin 2004
        • Increasing separation rate
        • Socially acceptable
        • Growing individualization
        • Modern technology
      • Long term but do not live together
      • Haskey (2005) 30% of couples are in LAT relationships
      • Younger
        • Short term relationship
        • More practical
      • Older
        • companionship
        • monogamy
        • independence
        • burden of care
        • Fear of rejection
    • Lone Parenthood
      • 23%
      • Women are more likely to get custody after divorce
      • Greater economic independence of women
      • Improved contraception
      • IVF
      • Changing social attitudes
      • Higher divorce rates
      • THE NEW RIGHT
        • More crime

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