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Divorce is a problem Not only for the children and families living through oneor two or three But for the people growing up in America The problem is that the message being sent through Americas increase in divorce rates is that it is OK to make a mistake which is true for most cases But when it comes to marriage people should not wait until they are married to realize that mistake The main reason for this misconception and increase in divorces has a lot to do with the laws and the changes made to them If you look back thirty years ago you would see that every state had a Fault based system of divorce Which basically means you could only get divorced on grounds of adultery physical abuse mental cruelty desertion imprisonment alcohol drug addiction or insanity which are all very good reasons to get divorced You would also see that every state had a much lower divorce rate But in 1969 when James Hayes of California drafted the No-Fault divorce law which was then signed into law by Gov Ronald Reagan Five years later 45 states did the same and by 1985 every state had either switched to the No-Fault law or changed their existing laws in some way The result was a 250 increase in divorce rates from 1960 to 1980 according to a fifty state survey conducted by the Journal of Marriage and the Family Also younger people in the US who are marrying for the first time face roughly a 40-50 chance of divorcing in their lifetime under current trends US Bureau of the Census 1992 P5 And of those marriages that end in divorce many will end in the first 3 to 5 years US Bureau of the Census 1992 P4 Although much of this increase is to blame on the divorce laws themselves the media plays a big part to especially with the
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