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Dissolving Wedlock - Colin Gibson

Dissolving Wedlock

Hardcover Published: 25th November 1993
ISBN: 9780415032254
Number Of Pages: 256

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In "Dissolving Wedlock," Colin Gibson takes a multi-disciplinary approach to the subject of divorce, the current fate for forty-five percent of all marriages. Gibson's study combines the demographic, historical, social and legal evidence of the changing nature of marriage breakdown, placing particular emphasis on the state's processing of broken marriages in England and Wales.
The first half traces the interaction between social change, marriage patterns, family law and Parliamentary legislation from the eighteenth century to the present. Gibson also examines the consequences of morally and socially divisive legal regulations which sanctioned separation but harshly restricted divorce as well as the possibility of remarriage. The third section compares past (specifically Victorian) with present family patterns and stability and focuses on recent family policies such as the Child Support Act. Gibson concludes that a more open, consumer-oriented state, which provides citizens with greater freedom of choice, has helped to remold individual expectations.

Prefacep. ix
Introductionp. 1
Before Civil Divorcep. 7
Ecclesiastical Influence and Jurisdiction in Matrimonial Mattersp. 9
Decline of the Ecclesiastical Courtsp. 20
Parliamentary Divorcep. 27
The Coming of Judicial Divorcep. 45
Divorce or Separationp. 65
Constraints of Poverty and Genderp. 67
Between the Warsp. 85
From Matrimonial Offence to Irretrievable Breakdownp. 99
Marriage Patterns in the Twentieth Centuryp. 111
Changing Family Patternsp. 113
The Resort to Divorce: The Social Evidencep. 131
The Reconstituted Familyp. 150
Marriage Breakdown Todayp. 167
Divorce: The Legal Evidencep. 169
Family Breakdown, Protection and the Lawp. 183
Accounting for Family Supportp. 198
Marriage Breakdown in the 1990sp. 212
Notesp. 228
Bibliographyp. 231
Name Indexp. 240
Subject Indexp. 243
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ISBN: 9780415032254
ISBN-10: 0415032253
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 256
Published: 25th November 1993
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.39 x 15.6  x 1.6
Weight (kg): 0.54
Edition Number: 1