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Divorce

  • By: Gill Gillespie
  • In: Encyclopedia of Motherhood
  • Edited by: Andrea O'Reilly
  • Subject:Sociology of Gender, Parenting, Maternal Health

Divorce is a legal process that leads to the termination of a marriage; that is, the separation of husband and wife that confers on the parties the right to remarriage under civil and/or other provisions, according to the laws of the country. These vary considerably around the world, and divorce is not permitted in some countries, such as Malta and the Philippines, though annulment is permitted. The wide variation in the legal provision for divorce also affects the incidence of divorce, which is relatively low in countries or areas where divorce is difficult to obtain. Levels of divorce are also affected by the ability of husbands and wives to meet administrative and court cost, and likewise by religious beliefs worldwide. Statistics consistently show that Guatemala ...

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