This book analyzes the issues surrounding divorce and its implications for public policy. The authors integrate research and policy perspectives of scholars in various disciplines to focus on the consequences of divorce for children, the parents' responsibilities after divorce, nonresidential parenting, and the effects of a high divorce rate in society.

Divorce and Society
Divorce and society

Divorce is a profound change in the most intimate of relationships, but it is infused with societal values and norms. Divorce policies and processes reflect values concerning caregiving roles and relationships, gender, the moral status of marriage, and children and their needs. As society changes, divorce becomes evaluated differently. In recent years, the impact of divorce on society has received increased attention because of the realization that divorce touches the lives of virtually everyone, either directly or indirectly, by changing our views of marriage and childrearing commitments. Although each divorce represents a unique and private decision, marital disruption has become so common that some believe that it has achieved “critical mass,” with cumulative consequences for other forms of social organization ...

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