These days divorce is a common occurrence. Everyone knows someone who is divorced. Married couples sometimes decide they no longer want to be married, so they may have the option of deciding to separate from each other. This means that they will no longer be married and are then able to re-marry someone else if they choose to do so.
Divorce can happen for many reasons. Good or bad, it is a modern social trend. It is a serious decision for a married couple to make. It not only affects their relationship, it can also affect their families relationships. Married couples might also be mothers and fathers who have children together. These children may also be deeply affected by their parents’ decision.
It may still be considered taboo among some cultures and religions today. However, most societies are more accepting of this choice since it’s increasingly common. Instead societies focus on the impact that it has on the parties included, try to offer support through communication and counseling, even financial support for single parents.
Divorce in the year 2010 makes for very interesting nuclear and extended families. Many young kids grow up with single parents, stepparents, stepsisters or stepbrothers, half-sisters or half-brothers, Mom’s new boyfriend or Dad’s new girlfriend, or both at once if both parents are dating new mates at the same time. Or a combination of all of the above! There are many more possibilities and infinite variations. Young children may very well deal with complex relationships from a very early age. They would be challenging issues to deal with for any adult. The 21st century modern family is indeed a most interesting social science.
It also makes it a very interesting time for defining marriage as a form of legal binding agreement. In the past, all that was required for marriage was either a priest or a judge, and a marriage license. Since it’s such a common practice today, pre-nuptials or “pre-nups” are a very popular addition to marriages and considered fashionable even. Pre-nups generally state who gets what if a married couple should happen to separate. They may even become as detailed and complex as to set rules on how a couple must behave toward each other.
Consider this test. How many people do you know are divorced? Consider your friends, parents, siblings, grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins. Your co-workers, bosses, teachers, students, or employees. Your roommates and neighbors. Your favorite celebrity, politician, author, musician. I personally can name one in almost every category listed above except one. I did this test for a friend, and I believe I can name one from most of the categories above.
Society today may consider marriage differently as well. What does it mean for marriage if they do not seem to work? How careful should someone be about getting married without a pre-nup? How would you approach being asked to sign a pre-nup? Perhaps you like the idea of pre-nuptial agreements. It is indeed a very relevant and popular topic for 2010. It poses many new social trends and is a direct reminder of our modern times.