Family Law pp 87-96 | Cite as

The Development of Divorce Law

  • Kate Standley
Part of the Macmillan Law Masters book series


Although divorce is a world-wide phenomenon, Britain has one of the highest divorce rates in the world (approximately 150000 per year). Many spouses and children experience the trauma of divorce, and furthermore the institutions of the family and of marriage may be threatened. The number of one-parent families has also increased dramatically partly as a result of divorce. As well as having a social impact, divorce has a considerable economic impact not just on the parties but on the State, as vast sums of money are paid out in the form of welfare payments and legal aid.


Divorce Rate High Divorce Rate Financial Provision Open Court Divorce Process 
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© Kate Standley 1997

Authors and Affiliations

  • Kate Standley
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  1. 1.University of EssexUK

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