At one time, divorce was viewed as taboo. People would stay in unhappy marriages rather than face the stigma of divorce. However, times have changed. Now, divorce is seen as a normal part of life. In this blog, Bush & Taylor, P.C. will explore some of the factors that have contributed to the normalization of divorce.
Changes in Laws
One of the biggest factors that has contributed to the normalization of divorce is the change in laws regarding marriage and divorce. Prior to the 1970s, divorce was much more difficult to obtain. In many cases, couples had to prove that there was fault on the part of one spouse in order to obtain a divorce. This often meant having to air dirty laundry in court.
The introduction of no-fault divorces in the 1970s made it easier for couples to get divorced without having to place blame on one spouse or the other. As a result, divorces became more common and less taboo.
Changes in Social Norms
Another factor that has contributed to the normalization of divorce is the change in social norms surrounding marriage and family. In previous generations, marriage was seen as a lifelong commitment. Divorce was viewed as a failure of that commitment.
However, nowadays marriage is not always seen as a lifelong commitment. Couples are more likely to view marriage as something that can be ended if it is not working out. This change in social norms has helped make divorce more acceptable.
Increased Number of Divorces
Finally, another factor that has contributed to the normalization of divorce is the increased visibility of divorced couples in society. In previous generations, divorced couples were often hidden away out of shame. However, nowadays divorced couples are more visible in society. They are more likely to speak openly about their experiences and be accepted by friends and family members. This increased visibility has helped make divorce more acceptable and less taboo.
Legal Guidance that Can Help During Divorce
Divorce used to be seen as a taboo subject. People would stay in unhappy marriages rather than face the stigma of getting a divorce. However, perceptions of this legal process have changed over time and it is now seen as a normal part of life. If you are considering filing for a divorce, the team at Bush & Taylor, P.C. can lend a helping hand.
Reach our office today at (757) 926-0078 to schedule a consultation.