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Where did the idea of recrimination come from?

Recrimination was and is heavily criticized. Basically, it came from the Catholic Church, which holds that marriage is an indissoluble sacrament. After a period of time, many people came to see that forcing a couple to remain together in this sort of situation made very little sense.

Interestingly enough, the idea of recrimination is being revived in some quarters. Some people believe that divorce is too easily gotten these days, and is too prevalent, and so are grasping at anything that would make divorce more difficult to obtain.