Patterns/ reasons of divorce

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  • Patterns of Divorce
    • The divorce reform act made divorce quicker and easier to obtain
    • couples no longer marry for economical reasons as women have more independent and men are not always the breadwinners
    • Edward Leach argues that families have become more isolated and therefore more dysfunctional
    • More and more women are deciding to marry and have children later on in their lives and this could be the reason for much later marriages
    • Changing attitudes and social norms mean there is less stigma surrounding getting a divorce
    • Goode and Gibson argue that marriage is no longer seen as a sacred, spiritual act but more of a practical commitment


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