Divorce Reform at the Turn of the Millennium: Certainties and Possibilities
Lynn D. Wardle, 𝘋𝘪𝘷𝘰𝘳𝘤𝘦 𝘙𝘦𝘧𝘰𝘳𝘮 𝘢𝘵 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘛𝘶𝘳𝘯 𝘰𝘧 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘔𝘪𝘭𝘭𝘦𝘯𝘯𝘪𝘶𝘮: 𝘊𝘦𝘳𝘵𝘢𝘪𝘯𝘵𝘪𝘦𝘴 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘗𝘰𝘴𝘴𝘪𝘣𝘪𝘭𝘪𝘵𝘪𝘦𝘴, 33 Fᴀᴍ. L. Q. 783 (1999).
This essay documents the status of, reasons for, and prospects for success of the divorce reform movement at the end of 1999. It presents evidence of widespread dissatisfaction with current no-fault divorce laws and reviews recent legislative successes of the divorce reform movement. Some of the most influential arguments for divorce reform are summarized, and some of the major criticisms of divorce reform are reviewed. Nonetheless, divorce reforms of some sort are very likely to be enacted, though strong opposition from the bench and bar is likely and may undermine or co-opt the reform movement. Two concluding observations are made about the significance and possibilities of the divorce reform movement.
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