Divorce Rates in the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s
Divorce refers to terminating a marriage or canceling a marital union or reorganizing its
legal duties plus responsibilities. It is also called dissolution of the marital bonds between
married couples under the law of a particular state or country. Most states also allow the
divorced couples to remarry other persons, that is, the woman can remarry a new husband and
the man can get a new wife. However, some countries did not allow divorce in the early
decades. This paper will discuss the rates of divorce during the 1960s, 1970s and the 1980s.
Thus, the rates of divorce increase during the periods of hardships and major events but declines
during peaceful times.
During the 1960s, divorce rates went up rapidly. For example, in 1963, the peerage rate
of divorce was reported to be three times the divorce rate of Britain (NY Times, 1963, pp.1). In
1964, nearly 400,000 couples got divorced in America alone. Nothing drastic had taken place
regarding divorce before the 1960s but only sharp increase that was briefly caused by the war
which was then followed by a decrease. In 1960, the rate stood at ...