REDUCED DIVORCE RATEIt is becoming accepted that "the switch from fault based divorce to
no-fault divorce led to a measurable increase in the divorce rate. The so
called "soaring divorce rate" in California prior to the 1969 Family Law Act
thereafter skyrocketed some 200% over the next decade. The out of control
divorce rate is unmistakably tied, in part, to the radical change in the law.
REDUCTION IN DIVORCE RELATED VIOLENCE TO CHILDRENIncreased violence and delinquency to children, as an incidence of
no-fault divorce may come as no surprise, but it has been slow to be
recognized by social authorities. However, authoritative reports on the
effects of divorce on children are now coming in. One recent study found
that the psychological effect on children of divorce is cumulative, meaning
it increases over time. Conversely, there is no evidence on record linking
no-fault divorce to the achievement of its goal of reduced levels of
interspousal hostility or violence ( and therefore damaging effects on
children). The absence of fathers from homes contributes to children who are
less happy, less healthy and less equipped to deal with life or produce work
and who are a greater threat to themselves and others. No-Fault divorce was
specifically instituted to reduce hostility historically associated with
divorce. The continued existence of pervasive violence associated with
divorce litigation defy that claim and expose its pejorative effect on
children. Children of divorced families live a statistical shorter life span
by four years.
REDUCTION IN ECONOMIC "FALL-OUT" FOR SPOUSES & CHILDREN POST DIVORCEWomen on average suffer a 30% drop in income post divorce. This has been
called an economic trajectory of "falling from Grace" for women. Women do
not recover their predivorce standard of living, on average, for five years.
Likewise the economic plight of children post divorce is exacerbated by no
fault divorce. The economic fallout for women postdivorce is analogous to
experiencing the great depression. Women postdivorce also become more
transient, changing their residence about one third more often than married
women. They will also experience higher rates of quitting and being laid off
in the year after divorce.
REMOVES "DIVORCE ON DEMAND" FOR FAMILIES WITH DEPENDENT CHILDRENOne of the most staggering facts about No-Fault divorce in California is
that exactly zero petitions for divorce have been denied - by any court of
record - since the inception of the Family Law Act for want of irreconcilable
differences. No-Fault divorce leads ineluctably to divorce on demand. The
proposed initiative will end No-Fault divorce for families with dependent
REDUCES THE BURDEN OF DIVORCE RELATED HEALTH PROBLEMS ON THE PUBLICDivorce causes so much stress it puts the parties at much higher risk for
psychiatric and physical disease. Divorced men are twice as likely to die
from heart disease, stroke, hypertension and cancer as are married men. Divorced men suffer the same health risks as a pack a day smoker ! Divorced women are two to three time as likely to die from cancer. A recent psychology study
demonstrated that children of divorce have a statistically predicted death of
four years sooner than children of life long marriages.