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Negative Effect of Divorce on Society

Increased youth crime rate is caused largely by absent fathers

as a result of divorce made too easy. Consider this chilling forecast.

When we pass the year 2000, we will see two groups of working age

adults emerging. One group will have received psychological, social,

economic, educational and moral benefits and the other group will have

been denied them all. The first group will have grown up with a father

present in the house and the second group will have not had a father

present. The groups will be roughly equal in size. In order to be

divorced in my parent's era of the fifties, one mate had to be proven

adulterous. Legally, one party was deemed guilty and one was innocent.

That finding affected each party financially and socially enough so

that most couples tried hard not to divorce. In Canada the rate of

divorce in 1951 was one out of twenty couples. In the late sixties,

the "sexual revolution" began and couples rebelled against the

constraints of marriage. Movie makers and journalists became rich

extolling the virtues of free love and liberation.

The addition of more grounds for divorce and the elimination

of the need to appear in court made it easier for couples to split.

Now there are "no fault" divorces which further decrease the stigma.

By 1987 one out of two couples divorced. Since then, the annual

divorce rate has dipped slightly. The stigma is almost gone. Books are

written about doing your own divorce. One can obtain a low budget

quickie divorce by phone or fax to the Dominican Republic in about

three days. There are "divorce parties". Even the Royal Family

discusses its divorce dilemmas on t.v.

The divorce picture is not all rosy. According to sociologist

Lenore Weitzman, divorced women get by on about 64% of the income they

had during marriage. For their children, this translates into less


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