No-fault divorce has been a disaster. Touted as the antidote to the animosity and high cost of family court litigation, it’s been anything but. Divorce rates remain at nearly twice their pre-no-fault levels, while marriage rates have plummeted to a record low. Family court litigation is still contentious, and divorce mills line the pockets of family law practitioners. This trend has produced a bumper crop of American families worse off economically, physically and emotionally than their predecessors.
In short, we need divorce reform.
The goal of reform is to reduce unnecessary divorce among those with minor children. By slowing the process, educating couples about the harmful effects of divorce and providing skills to help them improve their relationships, reform could save marriages and ensure more children grow up in two-parent families. Even without reconciliation, reform could defuse tempers and restore some balance to the process. No-fault sides with the party who wants out. Reform would lend support to the party who wants to stay married. See more in an My view: Reforming divorce law will benefit marriage