Divorce Law Reform

Does Divorce Law Affect the Divorce Rate? A Review of Empirical Research, 1995-2006
Did the introduction of no-divorce law affect the divorce rate? This study looks at all the empirical research since 1995 that examines the impact of no-fault divorce laws on divorce rates both in the United States and in other nations, 24 studies in all.

Covenant Marriage Legislation
Copies of the differing covenant marriage statutues passed by Louisiana, Arkansas, and Arizona, with supporting materials.

The Future of Family Law: Law and the Marriage Crisis in North America 2005
This report on the current state of family law holds up for clear public view the underlying, dramatically different models of marriage that are contributing to deep public clashes over the law of marriage, cohabitation, and parenthood. Obtaining conceptual clarity about marriage and its meanings will allow family law experts, scholars from other disciplines, judges, legislators, and the general public to make more informed choices among competing legal proposals now being advanced in the United States and Canada.

Can Government Strengthen Marriage? A Report from the Social Sciences 2004
A Growing Consensus of family scholars confirms that marriage matters: Both adults and children are better off living in communities where more children are raised by their own two married parents.1 Both adults and children live longer, have higher rates of physical health and lower rates of mental illness, experience poverty, crime and domestic abuse less often, and have warmer relationships, on average, when parents get and stay married.

Does Divorce Make People Happy? Findings from a Study of Unhappy Marriages Linda J. Waite, Don Browning, William J. Doherty, Maggie Gallagher, Ye Luo, and Scott M. Stanley, 2002
Does divorce typically make adults happier than staying in an unhappy marriage? Many Americans assume so. This study represents, to the best of our knowledge, the first serious effort to investigate this assumption empirically.