Divorce in American Society
Whatever happened to the picture that perfect traditional families portrayed?
Television has had such an influence over us when we begin wishing we had families like
the ones we see on Little House on the Prairie and The Brady Bunch. Families who work
together, support one another, and seem to have all of life's problems figured out. The
media is catching up to society and showing more single-family sitcoms with down to earth
family relationships such as Blossom, Sinbad and Married with Children. These types of
families show the nuclear family of today. They experience day to day worries and concerns
with the reality that everything is not always so perfect in the real world. There have been
many changes in American families since the 1950's. We are seeing more women in the
work force, family values changing, and more divorces leading to the rise of single parent
households. This is putting the American home downhill. Divorce seems to be a problem
solving solution that many families are taking into consideration; statistics show that it has
left half of all families fatherless. The United States has the highest divorce rate in the world.
Marriage is no longer taken for its life long commitment; most couples get into a marriage
wanting the best out of it. Unfortunately, people are getting married without thinking of the
responsibilities that come with marriage. What is happening to the meaning of a family?
Where are we taking it and why aren't we doing much about it? A family is suppose to be
the love and support of both a mother and father for their children. There is not much time
spent at home building new bonds and expressing the love. Instead, Americans have
become more of individuals and have left the importance of a family-oriented-household out
in the dark. Their priorities are viewed more towards personal happiness and
achievements. There is much more to divorce than just family matters. With the working
women moving up in the business world, their dependence on financial support has been
reduced. Women are more confident that they can survive alone without the support of a
man; so as it turns out, they find it easier to turn to divorce. Do we really have an
understanding on what the phenomenon of divorce is?
Divorce is often considered to be a problem between two adults, and nothing more
than that. Since the children have an attachment to both the parents, it is not surprising to
know that here is a higher percentage in which the mother gets custody of the children -the
increase has been of three million. The most recent increase in divorce has been among
younger couples, but the ones that leave the greater impact are divorces which are tearing
the family apart.
The number of children affected by such divorces have just tripled and is increasing by
the year. Why is divorce giving the children the hardest hit? Children are taught, whether