It’s Worth the Effort (Sometimes)

Ellen Goodman, the columnist, once observed that as divorce became more socially acceptable society had more divorces to accept. The liberalization of divorce, which began in California in 1969 when Gov. Ronald Reagan (himself a divorced man) signed into law the nation’s first no-fault divorce law, seemed an idea whose time had come. By the end of the 1970s, every state has some form of no-fault divorce. No jurisdiction has even taken serious steps toward reversing that.

That said, however, couples contemplating divorce should make certain that they are at the end of the line.

Divorce is one of the most stressful life experiences. It is terribly dislocating, and it is a greater destroyer of wealth. Children suffer terribly when their parents separate. Divorce, even when it is necessary, does not make people happy.

Most couples, even those who are intact, have in their marriages probably thought about packing it in.

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