Divorce: How Hard Should It Be To Obtain?

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Divorce is a word that everyone knows very well, no matter what the age. These days, everyone knows at least one person that has either been in a divorce or whose parents are divorced. Today, about 50% of all marriages end in divorce('No-Fault' Divorce, 2004). Between the time that half of those couples get married and divorced, many of them had children. By 2004, "one in four children lived in single-parent homes"('No-Fault' Divorce, 2004). After the divorce, not only are the adults hurting, but the children are also. Throughout the divorce, the parents are caught up in each other, money, possessions, and their own pain that without even realizing it, their children are hurting too. Adults are becoming more careless and think less about how compatible they are to their partners. Some couples have children shortly after the wedding before they adjust to each other. After their children are born, the real problems start to become more relevant. With new problems surfacing and raising children at the same time, it becomes very difficult and divorce sounds like an answer to the problems.
With the current "no-fault" divorce laws in most states, the couples can obtain a divorce without a reason. No fault divorce allows an adult to apply for a divorce without proving that one of the adults has done wrong, like adultery, desertion, drugs, or abuse. No-fault divorce also allows an adult to divorce him/her without his/her consent. No-fault divorce is allowing the divorce rate to rise, therefore there is a need for a different law. The solution to the increasing rate is covenant marriage. Covenant marriage requires couples to take counseling before the divorce and there has to be a fault in order to divorce. Even though divorce is a very terrible and painful situation to go through, it appears to be taken advantage of, as if it is always an option if things become abominable. There needs to be a change in the law to decrease the amount of divorces in the United States so adults will take marriage more seriously and more children will grow up with two parents.
No-fault divorce is a law that has been offering couples the easy way out and has been splitting up many families uncontrollably since 1969('No-fault' Divorce, 2004). No-fault divorce is known for its fast process and low standards. Since this law has made divorce less complicated and practically too easy, it has encouraged more divorcements to take place. It has become so common that it seems to show less couples fight for their marriage and more give up after simple struggles. Not only does the high rate reflect on divorce but it also reflects on marriage. It is estimated that "80% of marriages are conducted in churches or synagogues"(Covenant Marriages, 1999) which mean that all of those couples vowed to be with one another "till death do them part" and yet 50% of marriages end in divorces. Not only are people not taking marriage seriously but they are also not taking religion seriously, nor...

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