Divorce

When was the Divorce Reform Act put in place?
1969, came into effect in 1971
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What are the 2 broad groups of reasons for increase in divorce
Changes in law making divorce easier and cheaper. Changes in society making divorce more practical and acceptable
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What are the three ways divorce stats are presented?
1. The total number of divorce petitions per year. 2.The number of decrees absolute granted per year. 3. The divorce rate (Divorces per uear per thousand married)
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What are the main problems with divorce statistics?
They do not show the number of people who separate but not divorce, the number of people in empty-shell marriages and how many unstable or unhappy marriages there were before changes in law and society.
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Describe trends in divorce rates
27,000 in 1961 to a peak of 180,000 in 1993 and then to 130,000 in 2012. This drop reflects less marriages in the first place. Britain has one of highest rates in the EU.
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- in - marriages end in divorce
1 divorce for every 4 in 1974 and 2 in every 4 in 2012.
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Brief history of divorce law
Brief history of divorce law
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The Divorce Reform Act 1969
Came into effect in 1971 and made it no longer necessary to prove a partner guilty of an offence or cheating.
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Matrimonial and Family Proceedings Act 1984
Allowed couples to petition for divorce after one year, as opposed to three
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Family Law Act 1996
Introduced compulsory marriage counselling for a period of reflection and consideration. This was to try and stem the rising number but were scrapped because they were found to actually encourage divorce
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Outline the 3 Main changes in law
-Divorce Reform Act 1969 -Matrimonial and Family Proceedings Act 1984 -The Family Law Act 1996
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Outline the main changes in society
-Changing role of women -Rising marriage expectation -Contraception -Changing social attitudes -Secularisation -Growth of privatised nuclear fam -Reduced family functions -Increased life expectancy
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