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Are fears of a stigma keeping you from filing for divorce?

On Behalf of | Sep 15, 2022 | Family Law |

Early in the history of America, it was nearly always considered morally wrong to terminate a marriage. It is likely that your grandparents and their antecedents felt this way and passed the belief on to your parents, who then passed it to you.

The 21st century ushered in a widespread acceptance of many activities once considered immoral (tattoos, same-sex marriage, etc.). However, some couples still hesitate to split because they fear community disapproval.

Have moral opinions about divorce changed?

The results of a 2021 survey indicate that 79% of Americans have no moral problems with divorce. By contrast, only 17% of survey participants believe divorce is morally wrong. About 4% of respondents said it depends on the individual situation.

A 2017 Gallup poll broke divorce data down even more. This research shows that older citizens and the very religious are now more accepting of divorce as well. Further, about 70% of married adults have no moral objections to ending a marriage.

Why does it matter?

Many citizens worry about how their friends and family will think of them after a divorce. It is a particular worry for those with strong ties to their religious communities. Often, these fears can prolong an unhappy (and unhealthy) marriage, leading to an intolerable situation.

Perhaps knowing that divorce no longer carries a heavy negative stigma can help you make a well-informed choice about your marital relationship. Making the decision to stay together or part ways should be up to you and your spouse. 

Shift your viewpoint for clarity

Instead of focusing only on the moral aspect of ending your marriage, expand your focus to the legal side of divorcing in Georgia. Legal knowledge helps you see your marriage objectively and make decisions based on fact, not emotion.