Wednesday, April 15, 2009
Time to blame no-fault divorce
Mel Gibson's break-up with his wife of 28 years is remarkable only in the probable size of the settlement and its attraction of the insatiable media gossip machine.
Married Americans, including Catholics, today find it awfully easy to walk away from marital commitments, even ones in which years have been invested. And all at enormous social cost.
What's to blame? Well, a key role was played by the introduction of "no fault" divorce laws, starting with California in 1970.
Emily Stimpson reports in the latest issue of Our Sunday Visitor that there's a movement afoot in some states to introduce a "mutual consent" or "modified no fault" divorce law for situations in which there are minor children and only one spouse wants out of the marriage. The idea is to give leverage to the spouse who wants to keep the family together (which is in society's best interest, not least of which financially).
A long shot? Judge for yourself after reading the full story here.
Posted by John Norton at 12:15 PM