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Divorce

Michael Saini

in Social Work

ISBN: 9780195389678
Published online April 2011 | | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/obo/9780195389678-0035
Divorce

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Divorce is the legal dissolution of an adult couple relationship by a court or other legal authority to terminate the legal contract of marriage. Because divorce is a legal sanction, most countries have records of the number of adults who marry and then divorce. Some adult relationships end suddenly, while others seem to fall apart over a long period of time. International estimates of divorce range from approximately 30 percent to 60 percent of marriages. Conversely, separation is referred to as the dissolution of a couple’s relationship without legal intervention. This includes adults who never marry but who cohabitate and then separate and couples who separate but do not legally end their marriages. There are no accurate prevalence rates for the number of couples who separate. Most divorced and separated couples are likely to feel a range of intense emotions, such as sadness, anger, fear, loneliness, and confusion over the uncertainty of the future. Divorce is described as the second most stressful event that an individual can endure in life, following the death of an immediate family member. Although divorce and separation can occur at any stage of an adult relationship, most literature focuses on parents who separate and the impact of the separation on the children. Adults who do not share children have been encouraged to “decouple,” while those who share children have been encouraged to work cooperatively for the interests of their children.

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Subjects: Social Work

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