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Till death us do part - What exactly is meant by the term death In early marriages it referred to the death of a spouse in more modern terms it can now mean the death of a relationship within a marriage Values placed upon marriage vows have undertaken different views compared to the past three decades We now have a more liberal view of marriage and divorce it is no longer viewed by some as a life long formal contract between partners Australian divorce rates between 1901 and 1910 measured 01 per 1000 population with a marginal increase to 08 per 1000 per population between 1961 and 1970 The sharp rise in divorce from the early 1960s to the 1970s is the result of legislative changes to the Family Law Act 1975 allowing a backlog of applications to be processed However the rate continued raising the crude divorce rate in 2001 measured 28 per 1000 population Australian Bureau of Statistics Austats 13010 2003 p4 Throughout this paper I will examine the reasons behind rising divorce rates in Australia In doing so identifying the risk factors associated with divorce The paper will reflect a feminist and functionalist perspective to analyse the question of divorce from demographical changes of both the family and the state Till death us do part 2 Demographical Changes Demographically the views of family and marriage arrangements have endured revolutionary changes At the end of the Second World War many wed early reproducing at a phenomenal rate creating a post war baby boom Women returned to inside the home and men resumed work outside the home The 1960s saw women having fewer children due to access to contraceptives and abortion preferring to increase educative career and workforce opportunities The cost of housing and children created a need for dual income families changing the expressive and instrumentally structured roles of the parents Weeks and Quinn 2000 p22-31
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