Divorce is defined as “a complete or radical severance of closely connected things” and in this particular scenario, it is the separation of man and wife (Divorce). Unfortunately, divorce has emerged as a very likely outcome of marriages today, questioning the ideology that marriages are ‘made in heaven’. As divorce begins to be accepted as a common practice, the separation rates among couples are progressively increasing. The idea of divorce, considered as sin by many, has become a major concern in our society. Divorce of all types are becoming a common occurrence in the United States, but negative effects are leaving men, women and children in psychological turmoil.
Divorce is one of those problems that could have endless probable causes. Perhaps young couples are less committed and put forth less effort to work out problems that otherwise could be solved by discussion and compromise. However, according to Daily Infographic, divorce is commonly caused by poor communication, financial troubles, abuse, infidelity and lack of attraction (Divorce in America). This could be a single cause, or a multitude of causes that could push a once loving couple to the point of signing legal papers. According to the Neighborhood Legal Services Association, divorce types can be generalized into four main categories: mutual consents, faults, two-year separations, and confinement (Divorce Law in Pennslyvania). Each of these categories will be explained in the subsequent paragraphs.
In most cases of divorce, both parties must agree prior to proceeding with legal procedures. However, in fault based ground circumstances a judge is capable of overruling typical standards. According to Women’s Law, abandonment, adultery, cruel and barbarous treatment, bigamy, imprisonment and/or in the case your spouse had made your life unbearable are all exceptions to this rule (WomensLaw). Cruel and barbarous treatment includes anything that puts one’s health or even life at risk such as domestic violence. Abandonment is only considered after one to two years after the spouse leaves home. Bigamy and imprisonment occurs when a spouse remarries without divorcing their prior marriage or they are imprisoned for two or more years, respectively. Lastly, adultery is when a spouse ‘cheats’ on their significant other. All of these are caused by one of the spouse’s actions often resulting in emotional distress and, in extreme cases, physical harm. The possibility of a person’s life being endangered is the reason why courts are able to over rule typical court proceedings.
On the other hand, no fault based ground situations includes institutionalization, mutual consent and irretrievable breakdown can file a divorce without a court hearing. In the case of institutionalization, the spouse had to be confined in a psychiatric institution for 18 months and no reasonable belief that they will not be discharged after 18 months after filing in order for the divorce to be completed. During a mutual...