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Equation Easy Divorces Absent Fathers More Young Criminals crime youth teenage divorce deadbeatIncreased youth crime rate is caused largely by absent fathers as a result of divorce made too easyConsider 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 sizeIn order to be divorced in my parents 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 couplesIn 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 liberationThe 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 tvThe 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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