Changing family patterns : divorce (Changes in the law (1857: Divorce was…
Changing family patterns : divorce
Divorce = the legal termination of a marriage.
Divorce rates have doubled between 1971 and 1991.
Changes in the law
1857: Divorce was only obtainable via an act of Parliament.
1857: Men could divorce wives.
1923: grounds for divorce were equalised.
1969: Divorce Law Reform Act
Argues that placing expectations on marriages is why people are getting divorce.
People had little choice over who they married.
Marriages were based around economic factors.
Romance wasn't an expectation.
Allan and Crow
Love, satisfaction and commitment are now cornerstones of marriage.
The influence of religion of society is decreasing.
Changes in the position of women
Less financially dependent.