Divorce : A Legal And Formal Dissolution Of A Marriage Essay

1343 Words Nov 16th, 2016 6 Pages
According to law, marriage is a contractual relationship between two persons; it is also intended to be a happy union between the two. Marriage fulfills the need to love and be loved, and the need to belong; therefore, the marriage vows: “for better and for worse, in sickness and in health, till death do us apart” signifies that marriage is supposed to last a lifetime; but somewhere along the line, as a result of faults from one or both spouses, couples separate and then divorce. Divorce: a legal and formal dissolution of a marriage.
Per the U.S Census Bureau estimates, in 2014 there was a 6.8 percent rate of marriages and 3.6 percent rate of divorce per 1,000 population ("Marriage and Divorce"). These statistics are troubling to many Americans and an ongoing concern about the frequency of divorce and the breakdown of traditional two-parent families. This is even more troubling when children are involved.
An Article in CQ Researcher, written by David Masci, states that “ A large body of research shows that children of divorce fare worse emotionally, socially, and even academically than their peers from intact families.” Other critics like Skolnick and Rosencranz, who also wrote in the Opposing Viewpoints, state “Researches agree that around the time that their parents separate almost all children of divorce go through a period of distress. Within two or three years, most have recovered.” After the two or three year period most children do not seem to be hindered by the…

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