Abstract This paper shall review the evolution of divorce laws. The early post-reformation period is the launching point for this review. The role of women in society is put forward as the catalyst for change in laws regarding the dissolution of marriage. The review is broken down into four periods, the seventeenth trough mid-nineteenth centuries, the rise of romantic love motivated marriage, the initiation of the sexual revolution during the 1920’s, and the advent of no-fault divorce in the late twentieth century. The future of divorce is explored in terms of changing marital roles and the introduction of same-sex unions. The Continuing Evolution of Divorce Law There are two views of a marriage that have influenced the laws regarding its...The end:
.....tic approach of the Shoshone Indians often would be desirable to the morass that can be predicated by a petition for divorce. The recognition of women’s property rights is now rising to the levels recognized by “primitive” society, but with the changing gender roles now evolving the future of divorce law may eventually become gender neutral. References Allen, D. (1998). No-Fault Divorce in Canada: Its Cause and Effect. Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization, Volume 37, 129-149. Coontz, S. (2007). The Origins of Modern Divorce. Family Process, Volume 46 (Issue 1), 7-16. Erickson, A. (1990). Common Law versus Common Practice: The Use of Marriage Settlements in Early Modern England. Economic History Review, Volume 43 (Issue 1), 21-38.