Trends In Divorce

a presentation on divorce trends focusing on the actual trends, possible factors causing these trends, the various views such as feminist, marxist etc. ,the difficutlies involved interpreting this data and how these trends affect society. i hope it helps, its coloured and illustrated with pictures to make it easier.

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Just incase you don't know what a
divorce is...
· A divorce is the legal ending of
a marriage union by court or
other similar body.
· The term divorce rate refers to
the number of divorce per
thousand of the married
population.…read more

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Increase In Rate Of Divorce
· Divorce rates rose dramatically
over the twentieth century.
· Reached its peak in 1993 over
180,000 divorces.
· Between 2005- 2006 divorce rate
fell by 7%.
· Rates are now at there lowest.
· In 2006, the wife was more likely
to be granted grounds for divorce
and the most common reason was
`unreasonable behaviour'.
Key Study- Kiernan (1989)
Stated the highest risk groups for
divorce are teenage couples, couples
who had children early, couples who
have 4 or more children and those
who have a low income.…read more

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Age at Divorce
· At younger ages there were
more women than men
divorcing however, at older
ages more men than women
· Age for men marrying in 2009
was 36.3 years compared with
33.7 years for women
· In 2010, the number of
divorces was highest among
men and women aged 40 to 44…read more

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Changes In Legislation
Divorce Reform Act (1969)
· Introduced a crucial new ground for
divorce known as `irretrievable
· Rise in rates could have been due to the
fact that people were unhappy in their
marriage but did not meet the criteria for
Matrimonial Family Proceedings (1984)
· Reduced the amount of time couples had
to be married for before they could Key Study- Abercombie & Ward
divorce. The Divorce Reform Act can only be used
to explain the rise of divorce rates a few
Introduction Of Child Support years which followed the act. It doesn't
· This meant absent parents now had to make people want a divorce in the first
place, it just permits the marriage to end.
contribute maintenance costs towards
They claimed that the law reflects social
their children.
change rather than creates it.…read more

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Financial Costs
· Previously ordinary people were not able
to afford a divorce .
· Recently poorer people may qualify for
legal aid.
· The decline in religious belief means
divorce is now more acceptable in some
· It is no longer associated with stigma and
Attitudes Of Women
· Increasing educational & occupational
opportunities > increased economic
· Less dependent on men
· Confusion of conjugal roles causes
conflict/ clash…read more

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