Introduction Divorce is the most common factor affecting families of today. Though it wasn't relevant two decades ago, spouses are choosing to solve their martial displeasures with divorce. About 40%-50% of all first marriages and 60% of all second marriages end in divorce. There is one divorce every 13 seconds and about 46,523 divorces per week. Premarital pregnancies, living together before marriage, marrying at an early age, financial problems, and poor communications are some of the many reasons why marriages are ending so rapidly.
The divorce rate has decreased in Missouri from 1990 to 2011 from 5.1% to 3.9% (CDC), which is a positive trend. Newsweek reported “Part of the reason is the high cost of breaking up; many couples just can’t afford it”. The cost of divorce should be viewed more as an overall financial adjustment not just the initial cost of the attorney and filing fees which are paid at the beginning. After a divorce the family income is reduced by at least 50% (Fagan) and it is likely for a female to fall into poverty or below status until she would remarry (Vanassche... ... middle of paper ... ...e: One Writer’s Story.” newsweek.com. n. 21 March 2014.
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Divorce is defined as the ending of a marriage by a legal process or a complete separation between two things. (Divorce) Divorce in our generation is becoming a common concept than it was before in other generations. Roughly around fifty percent of people whom getting married in our generation end in a divorce. Statistics prove that two of five children will experience the divorce of their parents before they reach age eighteen. (Matthews) For different reasons, many couples get a divorce, while having children involved.
Now, I got an opportunity to select a topic to research so I chose divorce. I would like to know what situations children go through after their parents get divorced. I am assuming that divorce might be the hardest thing for some children, especially in childhood life. Divorces are more common than they were generations ago. In a Time/CNN survey released in august 1997 which showed that the largest population of respondents (45%) answered that marriage is not taken seriously by most of the couples because they always end up getting divorced.
They think that separating, to stop all of the fighting, is best for everyone, including their children. This assumption by parents is wrong. The decision to divorce made by the parents can affect the lives of their youngsters dramatically. Oftentimes, parents do not comprehend how much divorce affects their children. A prime example of their misunderstanding was discovered in a British study.
Individuals are postponing marriage until later in life and more people are choosing not to get married. Current statistics indicate that the marriage rate between 1970 and 1990 fell almost thirty percent (Ahlburg and DeVita 24). Compared with the 1960’s marriages have a shorter average duration. A smaller portion of a person’s life is actually spent in marriage, despite gains in life expectancy. In their research, Dennis Ahlburg and Carol DeVita describe an explanation for these facts: While these facts often lead to speculation that the institution of marriage is crumbling, the number of marriages that occurred throughout the 1980’s was at an all time high.
Divorce used to be looked down upon and those who got divorces were considered at some level failures. This day and age divorce is widely accepted as a norm. The data is grim when it comes to marriage and divorce in the United States and, more specifically, Oklahoma. “In the United states, researchers estimate that 40%-50% of all first time marriages, and 60% of all second time marriages will end in divorce” (“Impact of Divorce”). The estimated population of Oklahoma on July 1, 2010 was 3,687,050 people, and during this year the state of Oklahoma issued out 27,012 marriage licenses, however, it also authorized 19,589 divorce decrees(Marriage and Divorce).
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