“Why Is the Divorce Rate so High, Especially in Western Countries, if Love Marriages Work?” Balaji Viswanathan, Quora, 15 January, 2014

All marriages involve making decisions with incomplete information. Many of us don't know what we want and it is not surprising that a relationship for life breaks down at some point”.

Legal systems affect divorce rates. In countries where the legal system makes divorce easy, there tends to be more divorce even for the slightest mistakes. Before child rearing, there is supposed to be a mutual agreement between couples. When one partner does not concur, divorce becomes an option. There are other cultural factors that affect divorce rates like having a steady job, the lifestyle of the partners and marriage for reasons of only sex. Such marriages do not last. Marriages involve making decisions without being fully informed. It is because people do not know what they want, or because external forces --from parents to friends-- become involved, that we have broken relationships. For a marriage to last, there has to be support and compromise. Divorce rates are an indicator of gender freedom, but this is not always the case. Divorce is more complicated than that. There are a lot more reasons why people file for divorce. A decline in the economy can be responsible for divorce rates. As the economy of a country declines, the divorce rates rise because of the decline in job opportunities. If the economy is stable then the divorce can be curbed to an extent. Urbanisation plays a role in divorce. Urban localities tend to have higher rates of divorce due to their longer commute, exposure to more information, more people and broader power systems. Reduction in social support increases the divorce rates. People become more engrossed in their work, and with a decrease in the social support system, they spend less time with their families. Religion makes divorce harder, thereby reducing divorce rates. Divorce is less likely to occur with people of the same religion, because they share the same beliefs and have a spiritual bond.

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“Why Is the Divorce Rate so High, Especially in Western Countries, if Love Marriages Work?” Balaji Viswanathan, Quora, 15 January, 2014

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