Essay on Causes of Divorce in American Society

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In 2002, there was a whopping 955,000 divorces recorded across the nation. Compared to the total in 1950, 385,000, there is no doubt that the divorce rate in American society is only becoming more prevalent. Of course, there are hundreds of reasons for why couples choose divorce, but a large majority of them can be chalked up to major societal changes in the last 100 to fifty years. The research in this paper will examine key transformations in the American way of life that directly affect marriage. For example, liberal divorce laws, economic factors, women’s independence, and religious factors. What makes marriage so vulnerable to these factors is that the changes have been so diverse that it is nearly inevitable that a couple will face …show more content…
Fifty years ago, this was not the case. No matter how unhappy a woman might be, she knew she would most likely be destitute without the financial support of her husband. Now, women are completely capable of sustaining a life of their own. Another issue that has arisen from increased women in the work force is the simple fact that they are no longer home to make life as cushy as possible for their husbands. There is a more equal distribution of typical family tasks such as child rearing, cleaning or cooking, “with more women in the workforce today, the household chores now have to be split up and there is bound to be more stress on relationships because of it” (Galston 12). To put this into perspective, imagine a married couple where both partners are employed full-time. When both of them get home from a long day at work, which one is supposed to make dinner? Which one takes the kids to soccer practice? Which one goes to the grocery store? All of these trivial aspects of family life can create an enormous stress on two working partners. Although it may seem like a generally good thing that both partners are employed citizens, it places stress on one or both partners. Although this may seem like a inconsequential problem, if combined with other factors that place stress on a couple, it could be marriage-ending.
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