Essay on Why Marriages Fail
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3) Add reducing divorce to the goals of existing divorce-education programs. Half of all U.S. counties now have court-connected divorce-education programs, many of them mandatory. But these programs have goals that are limited to reducing acrimony and litigation. Why not fund pilot programs to find out which programs are also more successful at reducing unnecessary divorce? Polls in various states suggest 40-60 percent of divorced people wish they had worked harder to save their marriages.
Every divorce plunges government deeper into the lives of families, directly and indirectly. It does so directly by deciding who gets to see the kids and when, and indirectly through the large network of state and federal social programs regulating problems caused in part by family fragmentation: foster care, domestic violence, poverty, mental and physical illness, infant mortality, teen-pregnancy prevention, high-school dropout prevention, and crime control, to name just a handful.
The Bush marriage initiative would emphasize the importance of marriage to poor couples, educate teens on the value of delaying childbearing until marriage, and nurture faith-based and community marriage mentoring and education. I do not expect