1. Some people believe that the best way to decrease divorce rates would be to make divorce more difficult to obtain. Others think it would be better to make marriage more difficult to obtain (i.e., require counseling). What do you think? What are the pros and cons of each approach? Based on what you learned from reading the textbook, how would you go about developing a comprehensive program or social policy to reduce divorce? Learn more about current divorce laws at: http://www.divorcesource.com/info/divorcelaws/states.shtml and about marriage laws at: http://usmarriagelaws.com/search/united_states/.
2. What advantages does the initiator have in the divorce process? How is the divorce process different for the initiator, compared to the person who is left?
3. Explain why a woman's standard of living declines after divorce while her husband's increases.
4. What are some of the individual risk factors that increase the likelihood of divorce?
5. How is remarriage an “incomplete institution”?
6. Why is it riskier today than in previous generations for women to choose to be homemakers?
7. Which is more likely to end in divorce, a first marriage or a remarriage? Why?
Be sure to use information from the textbook to help you answer these questions.
1.Some pros of making marriage more difficult to obtain would be that there would most likely be a lower divorce rate. But I think that a con that would come out of making marriage harder to obtain would be the fact that people might not want to get married as often. People usually don’t like waiting that long for something they want so I doubt that we would have that many marriages anymore. Being that said, I think that would be a pro of having divorce harder to obtain. People wouldn’t want to wait that long for the process, so they might try to work out things with each other and try to fix their marriages more often than they do now. A con of this...
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