Anti Divorce

3362 WordsJan 5, 201314 Pages
The Anti-Divorce Revolution: The Debate on Marriage Takes a Surprising Turn Pia Nordlinger The Weekly Standard, March 2, 1998 Town & Country, a glossy magazine for the well-heeled, touted a special feature in its January issue: "T&C's Guide to Civilized Divorce." Placed just before photos of society newlyweds in the monthly "Weddings" section, the guide highlights how to choose the right attorney, minimize costs, and spare the children mental anguish. The 16-page insert even includes a compilation of America's top divorce lawyers, complete with their professional nicknames: "Your Worst Nightmare," "The Hired Gun" and "The Stealth Bomber." Readers of slick magazines may be interested in the mode of divorce, but the rest of the…show more content…
During the 1970s, when more and more states were adopting no-fault laws, the annual number of divorces shot from 708,000 in 1970 to 1,181,000 in 1979, an increase of 66 percent. Even as divorce was becoming commonplace, public opinion remained ambivalent. Between 1970 and 1995, the minority who oppose divorce as a solution to marital difficulty rose slowly from 22 percent to 34 percent, according to CBS News polls. More striking, through the '80s and '90s roughly half the respondents to National Opinion Research Center surveys agreed with the statement, "Divorce should be more difficult to obtain than it is now," while the share who thought it should be even easier hovered around 25 percent. Still, the public may not be ready to repeal no-fault. Most attempts to toughen state laws have failed. The notable exception came last July, when Louisiana enacted "covenant marriage." Couples in that state now have the opportunity to choose between a standard marriage and a covenant marriage, which includes premarital counseling and, if the marriage should break down, counseling before a divorce can take place. Covenant couples can be granted a no-fault divorce only after a two-year waiting period, four times the standard period. Yet covenant couples may seek a fault-based divorce if there is evidence of adultery, abandonment, physical or sexual abuse, or felony imprisonment. Since Louisiana's law took effect, only a tiny fraction of couples have taken the covenant plunge.
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