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Divorce becoming more acceptable as divorce rate falls


It wasn't long ago that divorce was seen as a morally reprehensible act that should be denounced. Back then, in the 50s, 60s and 70s, many Americans wanted divorce to be more difficult to obtain, and many felt that divorce was unacceptable. Even the law reflected this reality, with no-fault divorce not becoming legal until California passed a law enacting it in 1968.

Since then, divorce has become much more acceptable in our society. In fact, the results of a recent Gallup study found that in 2015 more than 70 percent of Americans deemed divorce morally acceptable. This is a record high for acceptability. Interestingly, though, that same year saw a 35-year low in divorce rates. Some claim that these changes are a result of the country shifting political views toward the more progressive, while others say that other societal changes, such as young Americans holding off marriage until they are older, are to credit for the changes.

Regardless of what is causing divorce acceptability to increase while divorce rates decrease, one thing remains unchanged: divorce can be difficult. Splitting couples often find themselves at odds over various family law issues such as property division, child custody, child support and alimony. Yet, those who are untangling their lives through marriage dissolution need to be able to address these issues in a way that allows them to reach a resolution while at the same time protecting their and their children's best interests.

Many Georgia residents turn to experienced family law attorneys to help them navigate these oftentimes dicey issues. A skilled attorney can help give perspective and guidance as to how to best proceed with an eye on the future. Therefore, those who find themselves amongst the significant portion of the population that are considering divorce should think about discussing their situation with a legal professional.

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