Divorce And Its Effect On Society

1018 Words Feb 3rd, 2016 5 Pages
Divorce
“Until death do us part” is one of the most frequently used phrases within marriage vows. But let’s face it, “Until divorce do us part” is probably more accurate considering the fact that about one in three marriages end in divorce within ten years (Brower). Nowadays, divorce defines and impacts our era in ways people do not even realize. Divorce is extremely common in the United States, the reasons for divorce have been modified, and the children of divorced parents are feeling the effects.
In the mid-1900s, divorce was almost unheard of. Even as recently as the 1970’s, the word ‘divorce’ was frowned upon and simply seen as an insignificant crisis that would resolve itself shortly. Children of the divorced parents may have trouble falling asleep or may begin to stumble through school, but they will adjust to the situation. Men and women could become depressed, throw themselves into sexual affairs, or immerse themselves in work. But each of these reactions was simply part of the process (Wallerstein). After a year or so, it was expected that everyone would have their lives back on track - at least on the surface. Parents and children would pick up new routines and perhaps make new friends or move to a new school; they would take advantage of the opportunities and second chances that divorce brings. However, this theory of recovery was merely wishful thinking (Wallerstein). Today, shocking statistics show about half of all marriages in the United States are…
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