Over at Dante Atkins’ Daily Kos post, some commenters have said that no-fault divorce is necessary; without it, women would be stuck in abusive marriages, unable to prove fault. Everyone admits that there are some reasons why a woman (or man) might need to leave a marriage. These include situations like:
- spousal abuse
- child abuse
- substance abuse
- addictive behaviors (addiction to gambling, pornography, spending, etc.)
But what I am wondering is this—how many divorces are the result of these situations? And how many divorces are sought for much less threatening reasons? Reasons such as these:
- I met someone younger/richer/prettier.
- It’s just too much work.
- We don’t get along any more.
- I don’t want to deal with an ill spouse or child.
- The excitement is gone.
- I need to find myself.
- I’m bored.
- I’m not “in love” any more.
No-fault divorce allows one spouse to dump the other for even trivial reasons. There must be some way the legal system could make divorce obtainable for spouses in potentially dangerous situations, without making it easy to walk out when life gets a little tough.