Before demonizing divorce let’s first look at the history. According to History.com, the first couple to file for a divorce in the US did so on the grounds of abandonment and adultery. Their names were Anne Clarke and Dennis Clarke. The divorce was granted on January 5th 1643.

Dennis Clarke had to sign an affidavit in which he admitted fault and refusal to go back to his wife.

It was in 1857 that the Matrimonial Causes Act allowed ordinary people to divorce. The new law allowed women to divorce on the grounds of adultery as long as she can show evidence or can prove rape, incest or cruelty.

In 1923, another bill was introduced which made it easier for women to file, but it still required proof of adultery to be submitted.

In 1937, the law changed and added drunkenness, insanity, and desertion.

It wasn't until 1969 that the Divorce Reform Act passed that finally allowed either partner to divorce without needing to demonstrating fault.

My point is: The divorce laws of today had to overcome a series of hardships, hoops and loops to allow people to have an option.

Although most of us agree that divorce should be the last resort, I believe we would all be grateful to have the option when an idyllic relationship suddenly transforms into a nightmare.
16d ago
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AudreyXJupiter
Truer words never spoken
@IngridDilant Divorce has a very interesting history. Regardless of our views on the matter, I agree with you that choice is better than none.
15d ago

Jordan
Free Spirit
@IngridDilant Interesting view on divorce with the history laid out. However, it is an emotional and mental hardship I hope to never have to go through.

You spend most of your life picturing your present and future just to have it crumble into pure misery. #Scary
16d ago

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