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Divorce


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  • Divorce

 

If current trends continue, no-one will be married in 2077.
(posted with permission)
See more TRUE cartoons by Daryl Cagle

Having posted vital statistics and the pictures of his children is deemed contempt of court, because it is a breach of  "…his parental obligation by exposing the minor children to danger in posting their pictures and personal data, on the Internet."  So dear fathers, be advised.  Not only is it foolish to love your children, but it is even deemed criminal to brag about them!  If nothing else, it's a sure way to lose access to them after divorce or separation.  Come on now!  It doesn't have to make sense!  Abandon all hope for sense and compassion for you and your children when the powers rationalize their decisions by declaring that they are made "in the best interest of the children."

When it comes to child custody, Canadian divorce law is weighted in favour of the wife.  But new research has stripped women of their moral superiority: It suggests they initiate divorce twice as often as men. (Alberta Report, Jan 11, 1999; the article is no longer available at the website of the Alberta report.  It is now available here.  2003 03, —WHS)

See also the study report "These Boots are Made for Walking: Why Wives File for Divorce," by Margaret F. Brinig and Douglas W. Allen.  The article quotes extensively from that report.

  • "These Boots are Made for Walking: Why Wives File for Divorce," by Margaret F. Brinig and Douglas W. Allen.

This study report is based on an analysis of 46,000 divorce certificates from Connecticut, Virginia, Oregon and Montana.  The authors state that the data from these records are relatively accurate, "since they are compiled by judicial personnel from facts alleged by the parties and proven based upon sworn testimony in court hearings."  [My emphasis, —WHS]
    That would reflect assumptions that all allegations are true, that only sworn true testimony is being accepted by the courts, and that the judicial system is absolutely neutral and doesn't exhibit any gender bias.  Because all three of those assumptions are patently false, it is debatable to what extent the conclusions by the author are accurate, namely that although often the act of filing for divorce is being motivated by considerations of material gain through seizing assets, it is also driven to a considerable extent by the wish to escape exploitation.  The impression is given that in the latter case it is the wife who has the impression that she is being exploited by her husband.

The authors found that "who gets the children is by far the most important component in deciding who files for divorce, particularly when there is very little quarrel about property, as when the separation is long."  Although the authors report that women file more often for divorce, by far, and increasingly so, they purport that this is so because women generally are more attached to the children of the marriage than the fathers are.

Information from the report was extensively quoted in Shattered Myths.

MS Word files containing the study report are available at  

Caution: The footnotes weren't shown when I displayed the files using MS Word6 on my PC.  However, the printouts of the files contained all of the footnotes.

The study report by Brinig and Allen is also available in HTML (abstract) and in PDF format (full text — 189 kB).


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Updates:
1999 12 29
2000 09 07 (minor edits, revised header and inserted link to Canadian divorce stats)
2000 11 21 (to add link to Look who doesn't want a divorce)
2001 01 02 (to add link to Americans for Divorce Reform)
2001 01 29 (format changes)
2002 03 05 (added link to Table of Contents)