Marriage and Divorce in America

This is a 10 pages paper but I already finished 6 pages (you can see from my draft 2 file), I need you to write 5 more pages. I attached my own paper below, it already has 4 subtopics, for these 5 more pages, I do not need you to write more new topics, please just try to add more contents to my previous topics. For the structure, make sure each subtopic is like an essay format (which including one introduction paragraph, 2-3 support body paragraphs each body para should has one clear thesis statement, and one conclusion paragraph) which means make the whole paper looks like make up by 3-4 essays. In addition, because this is a paper talks about American culture, so try to write down more cultural thing behind the research datas.

Marriage and Divorce in America

            Many marriages today end in divorce. This number has increased since the 1950s. There may be many reasons for this and not all of them are related to the happiness of each individual couple. Socioeconomic, religious, family patterns, and childhood experiences that have created different attachment styles. All contribute to how likely divorce is. Many factors contribute to the potential of divorce for a couple. It seems as though overall couples are choosing to cohabitate before marriage. Some choose not to get married at all. Less women feel the need to marry as rates of education and availability of contraception increase. However, marriage is not becoming less valued in the United States. The face of marriage is just changing. People seem to be more willing to wait for marriage until they are older.

Divorce Rate and Cultural Shift

            The likelihood of divorce has increased in the past half century. This might lead people to believe that married couples are having more problems today than they were before or that marriage is not being valued as much. Divorce rates increased by a large amount in the 1960s through the 1980s. This is not a reflection of how happy couples were but an introduction of the “no fault marriage” in 1969. With this law passed by California Governor Ronald Reagan allowed either couple to put through a divorce without the need for a wrongdoing to have occurred (Wilcox, 2009). This created an opportunity for couples to divorce without needing to make accusations against the other person that might damage the other person’s reputation, which increased the divorce rate. From 1960 to 1980 divorce rates more than doubled. In 1950 divorce rates were at 20% and then 50% divorced in 1970 (Wilcox, 2009). This increase in divorce does not mean that couples were happier in the 1950s. This change in data reflects that more couples were able to get divorced due to the legal situation of marriage in the United States.

In addition, there was also a shift in focus during the 1960s and 1970s during the cultural revolution in the United States. During this time period people became more interested in having many sexual partners instead of getting married. The increase in recent military occupation removed men from the work environment. Feminist efforts helped women gain employment. In the culture, everything was becoming equal. After the war, the economy improved and so many people focused on things other than work. This led to changed ideas of what a good marriage should look like. People thought of marriage as less of a duty and something that should involve passion (Wilcox, 2009). It could be that because women were now more likely to be employed. Since they had money, they were less likely to stay in an unhappy marriage. This changed the culture. Cultural changes were shown in studies. Surveys indicate that as time went on less people agreed with the idea that parents should stay in an unhappy marriage if there are children involved. In 1962, about 50% of women agreed that parents should stay in an unhappy marriage when children are present. But in 1977 only 20% of women in the United States agreed with this (Wilcox, 2009). At the same time, women have learned to take care of themselves. Between 1950 and 2000 there has been a 71.7% increase of women in the workforce (Toossi, 2002). This change has empowered women to get divorced or not get married in larger numbers because they are able to support themselves. It seems likely that many women in the 1950s disagreed with the idea of the divorce because they would not be able to support their children without the income of their husbands. While this was a key issue in the 1950s, when employment of women was low and their role was considered primarily as child bearers, it is less of an issue now…

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