Marriage and Divorce

May 10, 1996 • Volume 6, Issue 18
Is it time to crack down on easy divorces?
By Charles S. Clark


The ongoing debate over “family values” entered a new phase this past year as activists launched a renewed push to toughen divorce laws and promote stable marriages. They blame the nation's no-fault divorce laws for the excessive U.S. divorce rate and for the resulting calamitous increase in children from single-parent homes who are growing up poor, depressed and struggling in school. The activists also point the finger at therapists and clergy for failing to press the importance of marriage in an increasingly individualistic society. Opponents counter that adding legal complications to the divorce process will only make divorces more expensive and more painful. They argue that couples need to learn better skills in handling both marriage and divorce.

ISSUE TRACKER for Related Reports
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May 07, 2004  Future of Marriage
Jan. 19, 2001  Children and Divorce
Jun. 02, 2000  Fatherhood Movement
May 10, 1996  Marriage and Divorce
Jan. 13, 1995  Child Custody and Support
Jun. 07, 1991  Children and Divorce
Oct. 26, 1990  Child Support: Payments, Progress and Problems
Jul. 06, 1990  Are Americans Still in Love with Marriage?
Feb. 03, 1989  Joint Custody: Is it Good for the Children?
Mar. 12, 1982  Trends in Child Custody and Support
Jun. 03, 1977  The Changing American Family
Sep. 10, 1976  Single-Parent Families
Jan. 25, 1974  Child Support
Oct. 10, 1973  No-Fault Divorce
Oct. 06, 1971  Marriage: Changing Institution
Nov. 27, 1963  Divorce Law Reform
May 24, 1961  Mixed Marriage
Apr. 20, 1959  Rise in Illegitimacy
Feb. 02, 1949  Marriage and Divorce
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