Why is divorce increasing?

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  • Why is divorce increasing?
    • Rising expectations - privatisation of nuclear family, more time in family so get bored
    • Change in the law  - 1969 Divorce Reform Act has made it easier + cheaper to get a divorce
    • Changing roles of women
      • 2/3 patterns of divorce come from women
      • More financially independent
      • Triple Shift
    • Contraception - easier to cheat leading to higher divorce rates
    • Secularisation - more socially acceptable/less stigma
    • Changes in social attitudes
      • More socially acceptable
      • Less stigma to divorce


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