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Divorce rate on the decline; acceptability on the rise

If you were to ask your family, friends, co-workers and Hamilton neighbors, it is likely that most of them would say that they do not condemn or reject or judge a person who gets a divorce. You don't need to poll them, however.

Gallup has done the leg work for you. According to their latest poll, 73 percent of Americans -- a new record -- say that divorce is "morally acceptable." Gallup says the figure has seen a dramatic 14-point rise since 2001.

At the same time, the company notes that the nation's divorce rate has itself been on a slow decline over recent decades.

If you go all the way back to 1954 (Dwight Eisenhower was president and a kid named Elvis Presley was just starting to record at Sun Studios), you will find a slim majority (53 percent) agreeing that it is acceptable to divorce, while a solid 43 percent said it was not.

By 1968 (Richard Nixon was elected president and the Beatles topped the charts), 60 percent of Americans thought that it would be a good idea if government made divorce "more difficult" to obtain.

State legislators clearly did not share that opinion, as 49 states adopted no-fault divorce laws by 1985 (Ronald Reagan was America's first divorced president and Madonna was music's biggest star).

There is likely no link between divorce, pop music and politicians, though all three are arguably reflections of the evolution of culture.

While divorce is often an emotionally difficult process, it does not have to be an unfair or punitive process. An experienced Butler County family law attorney can protect you and your family at every step.

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