Published On: Wed, Sep 16th, 2015

Why Is The Divorce Rate So High?

The latest statistics show that 42 percent of marriages end in divorce. That was taken in 2013 and experts believe it could have risen since then to almost fifty percent. So in effect, if you get married your chances of staying together are as much as getting heads on a coin toss. That’s probably not what newlywed couples want to hear, but, unfortunately, it’s the truth. The question is what has made the divorce rate so unbelievably high?

Marriage & Divorce

It’s Socially Acceptable

Only a few decades ago a divorce was seen to be something that one should have been embarrassed about. Indeed, a divorced couple were often shunned from society, and failed marriages were still a rare occurrence. But now, we’re greeted by divorce almost every single day. It seems that not a week goes by without us hearing about another failed celebrity marriage. It probably doesn’t help that these breakups are often treated as entertainment. If you want the best proof that divorces are seen as more socially acceptable these days, take a lot at Hollywood. When divorce used to be brought up in films, it was the subject or drama and now it’s a source of comedy. So yes society no longer sees a divorce as being shameful. It’s just a part of life now.

It’s Easy

While it is important that you do your best to protect your financial assets during a divorce, getting one isn’t a difficult task. All you need to do is ring up your lawyer and in around four months, you could be completely separated from your partner. If you do it online, it can be even faster than that and a quick divorce doesn’t even have to cost you a lot of money. You may think four months may seem like a long time. But imagine, if you had been with someone for over twenty-five years. Then, four months is just a drop in the ocean. It is debatable whether it should be this simple to dissolve a marriage, but there really is no other solution. You can not expect people to stay with someone that they may no longer love or who could have been unfaithful.

Affairs Are Glorified

Does anyone remember Desperate Housewives? That was a great TV show that ultimately went down hill. But it’s starting premise was that the audience would discover what bored housewives get up to in a quiet suburbia. There was another British TV show that was quite similar called Footballers Wives. Both, used the idea of affairs as something that should be celebrated and they were viewed as fun or entertaining. You might argue that this would be a work of fiction, but what about Ashley Madison. It was certainly a shock when a site everyone pretended they had never heard of was hacked. We suddenly discovered just how many people did not believe in the sanctity of marriage. To them, it had clearly become a game. Then news broke that there was going to be a TV show based on the premise of the site.

Perhaps then we only have ourselves to blame for the divorce rating being at the level that it is. After all, when does society ever give marriage the respect it deserves?