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The sudden increase in the divorce rate

Updated on December 3, 2011

Todays's divorce rate is nearly 400 percent higher than what is was in 1965.

Why the sudden increase? One reason is that today thee is a greater social acceptance of divorce.

This increased tolerance has resulted from a relaxation of negative attitudes toward divorce among religious denominations. Although divorce is still seen as unfortunate, it is no longer treated as a sin by most religious leader.

An increase in family income has more likely to be able to afford the cost of divorce proceeding, Finally, as society provides greater opportunities for women, more and more wives are becoming less dependent on their husbands, both economically and emotionally. Consequently, they are more likely to leave if their marriage seem hopeless.

Although people move through courtship in different ways, researchers have identified a number of stages common to the process., First, relationships begins when two individual feel attraction toward each other. In this early stage, both people show interest in each other and choose to spend time together. Then after a period of "dating" both partners declare themselves a couple. telling their friends and relatives about the new person in their lives.

Next. couples make a commitment to each other. Here , expectations become more serious, and partners agree to have an exclusive relationship with each other.

Eventually, both partners, begin coordinating their activities so that they function as a couple in important matters. In this stage, schedules finances and career plans are mutually decided,

Finally, the couples makes a permanent commitment to marry or cohabitate

so, what happened when all of these requirements is not meet.



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      Elena 6 years ago from London, UK

      It's alarming. The rate is not just on the increase, but it doesn't take long for people to divorce. I think the shortest I've heard so far is 72 weeks.

      Personally, I think many have lost traditional values and many marry for the outward appearance. I say to my lady friends to look beyond 6 packs and to my guy friends to look beyond beauty and see the heart.

      Ps. I laughed out loud at your response to my Question about apologies. Thanks.

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      dashingscorpio 6 years ago

      To Alexander, Nice guys don't have to finish last. They have a few options. They can date older women who have already gone through the "bad boy" phase until girls their own age become smarter about love and they can also date women of other cultures who are raised to value the qualities of a "nice guy". We give ourselves more options in life when we target a "type" of person instead of a "specific person"

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      Alexander Pease 6 years ago from Maine

      So what you are saying is: nice guys don't always finish last?

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      dashingscorpio 6 years ago

      The more options people have the less patience they have.

      Some couples may be "legally married" but live in different quarters of the same house. Other couples are in "sexless marriages" and are primarily (roommates with the same last name). Still others haven't lived under the same roof for years but neither has ever bothered to (file for divorce). These couples are counted in the ranks of "married" but in reality they are "emotionally divorced".

      It's been reported that 66% (2/3rds) of all divorces are filed by women. In 1965 and years prior women earned a lot less money and were raised to find husbands who would "take care" of them. There were a lot more (stay at home) mothers. If the marriage "sucked" they'd roll with it because they "needed" what the man offered financially. More financial equality, better birth control methods, and the sexual revolution have given today's woman a lot more options. That's a good thing! However as I said when you have "options" you take less crap. lol! One man's opinion! :-)

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      Alexander Pease 6 years ago from Maine

      Divorce is also related to culture shifts that have occurred in America. Whereas people used to be tight nit, we are no longer set into communities. When there were communities people were connected and could share their problems, ie, have someone other than their spouse to talk with. Stephanie Coontz books would be a great place to begin reading about these cultural differences.