Divorce

Should divorce be made even easier to obtain, or are there social and moral reasons to discourage it?

Divorce
Yes because...

The idea of lifelong marriage arose in ancient times, when life expectancies were much shorter than ...

The idea of lifelong marriage arose in ancient times, when life expectancies were much shorter than today, and there was no other way apart from marriage to ensure a secure upbringing for the offspring of a union. Today, the idea that a permanent marriage is the only possible type of relationship is outdated, particularly as scientists now doubt whether human’s are actually monogamous by nature. Regardless of this, if a marriage is left without love, or if one partner is unhappy, then it should end. There is no point holding on in such a situation for the sake of a principle.

No because...

Modern expectations of a perfect marriage are unrealistic, and have been fostered by the entertainment industry’s concept of an ideal relationship. People should not go into marriage expecting perfection; nor should they think of marriage as based solely on romantic love. Marriage is both a union based on love and a practical partnership that, like all relationships, has ups and downs, and needs to be worked at to make it succeed. As such, it is right that a reason should be provided for a divorce to be granted, to prevent an over-hasty dissolution of a marriage that might have lasted if it had been worked at.

Divorce
Yes because...

We also need to consider the repercussions for the children when their parents do not get along. Rat...

We also need to consider the repercussions for the children when their parents do not get along. Rather than force them to grow up in a loveless household, their parents should be able to split up and go their separate ways.

No because...

It is far more damaging for a child to have to suffer the break-up of the two people whom they love most in the world than for them to live in such a household described by the proposition, which at least provides children with security and stability.

Divorce
Yes because...

By making divorces faster and easier to obtain, we are reducing the incidence of adultery, both duri...

By making divorces faster and easier to obtain, we are reducing the incidence of adultery, both during a marriage and during the course of the divorce proceedings. The proposition would allow people to make the break more easily, rather than living a deceitful double life.

No because...

The debate is not about mere sexual gratification, but about a deeper, life-long commitment. By making divorce easier you are devaluing marriage, thus actually encouraging adultery by reducing the stress on marriage as an institution.

Divorce
Yes because...

The oppositions argument is a spurious one, as nowadays we regard a promise not as something unchang...

The oppositions argument is a spurious one, as nowadays we regard a promise not as something unchanging and absolute, but as an expression of commitment for the time and the circumstances it was made. To punish people for a vow they made fully intending to keep, when they no longer love their partner, is heartless and cruel.

No because...

Divorce devalues the meaning of the vows made at a wedding - ‘as long as you both shall live’. A society that allows these vows to be cast aside for no valid reason is reducing the stress placed by society on a person’s word as their bond.

Divorce
Yes because...

Divorces are still undesirable, both financially ( eg .the loss of tax benefits ) and emotionally. I...

Divorces are still undesirable, both financially ( eg .the loss of tax benefits ) and emotionally. It is never something one would ever enter into without proper though and consideration.

No because...

The proposition will actually increase the number of failed marriages, as people will enter into marriage lightly and without proper consideration, knowing they can always obtain a divorce if things do not work out.



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