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- Created on: 21-04-21 12:23
- In 2018, there were 90,000 divorces in the United Kingdom of opposite-sex couples and 428 same-sex divorces.
- In 1971, there were 74,000 divorces in the year the Divorce Reform Act came into place.
- In 1993, the number of divorces peaked at 165,000 following a rapid rise from 1971 onwards- this continued to fall throughout the 1990s and the early part of the 21st century.
Reasons for the Increse in Divorce
- Changing attitudes to relationships.
- Reduced stigma and secularisation.
- Increased life expectancy.
- Changing gender roles.
- Growing individualism in society.
Changing Attitudes to Relationships
- Giddens' suggested that confluent love has replaced romantic love and people are more willing to leave partners in search of greater fulfilment.
- Beck suggested that the family is negotiated in late modern society and if conditions placed upon the relationships are broken, a divorce ensues.
- There are higher expectations of marriage, while divorce has decline in recent years and so have marriages, people demand more satisfaction from relationships.
Reduced Stigma and Secularisation
- The process of secularisation has led to people no longer being guided by morality of the church and therefore, making their own…