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Study Reveals Temporary Uptick in Violent Crime Rate After States Went to No-Fault Divorce System

Over the past 50 years or so, many jurisdictions around the United States began to reform their divorce laws and standards and specifically went to what is now known as a ‘no-fault’ divorce system, which is sometimes referred to as unilateral divorce.  This system allows one spouse to initiate a divorce without the consent of the other and does not require specific grounds for a divorce to be granted.

Many saw this system as a logical advancement of society, but researchers from Chile have recently completed an exhaustive study of jurisdictions that moved to this no-fault system since 1965, and the study concluded that in these jurisdictions, there was a temporary uptick in the violent crime rate.  However, the researchers did offer some caveats to these conclusions and did not suggest that the no-fault divorce system should be scrapped.

Instead, the study, which appears in the Journal of Labor Economics, states that the rise in violent crime was largely temporary in nature and that much of this violent crime could be traced to people who were young children at the time these new laws were enacted.  In addition, the researchers theorized that this rise in violent crime had much to do with the economic inequalities that seemed to rise in these jurisdictions before the new divorce system had time to take hold and to become the norm.

San Diego Divorce Lawyers

Clearly, any system of divorce that’s in place in any jurisdiction will have its critics, and there will always be strong opinions on both sides of any issue that deals with family law.  California is one of the states that follows a no-fault divorce system, and people who are trapped in dysfunctional marriages can end them if they feel the need to do so.

If you are facing the possibility of ending your marriage, you need to be sure that you’re taking steps that will protect your legal rights and interests.  Seek the help of San Diego divorce lawyers who have been fighting for the rights of fathers and husbands for many years.  Contact the Men’s Legal Center today to schedule an initial consultation.