DIVORCE RATES AND LAWS:
USA & EUROPE

By John Crouch, J.D., with Monika Scoville, J.D., L.L.M., Richard Beaulieu, Ashley Sharpe, Kristen Thrine, Scott Dukat and Sarah Williams.


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The Abstract of the study

Contents of this summary:
Introduction
Results
Analysis
Methods and definitions
Policy Recommendations

Appendices:
The Full European Rates and Laws Chart
The Full US Divorce Rates and Laws Chart
2006 update of study with U.S. 2004 data
Full text of the study

Introduction:

This paper brings together for comparison the divorce rates and certain relevant divorce laws for the 50 states of the United States of America, and 22 European nations participating in the Commission for European Family Law (CEFL).

This work draws from the most authoritative and current sources in the areas of family law and demographic research. Nonetheless, to present the relevant, operational features of multiple jurisdictions' no-fault divorce laws, it was often necessary to weed out inaccurate, irrelevant and confusing information from even the best secondary sources, and check the statutes themselves, as the same terms mean different things in different states and countries, and some laws are overlapping or obsolete.

Results of study: Analysis: Methods and definitions: Legislation | Statistics | Articles/Opinion | Quotations | Polls | Other family-related articles
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