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Inside the CastleLaw and the Family in 20th Century America$
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Joanna L. Grossman and Lawrence M. Friedman

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780691149820

Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: October 2017

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691149820.001.0001

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Untying the Knot: Divorce and Annulment

Untying the Knot: Divorce and Annulment

(p.159) Chapter Eight Untying the Knot: Divorce and Annulment
Inside the Castle

Joanna L. Grossman

Lawrence M. Friedman

Princeton University Press

This chapter tracks the divorce story, from the traditional system of fault-based divorce to the new system of divorce on demand. It also takes a look at annulment and the recent backlash that tries, mostly without success, to use the law to try to stem the tide of family breakdown. In the twentieth century, one frequently hears that marriage and the nuclear family are under siege, as divorce—and especially the rise of no-fault divorce—contributes centrally to that image. Aside from divorce, the chapter also looks at two related topics—legal separation and annulment—both of which act as substitutes for divorce, with one still maintaining some illusion of marriage while the other breaks it apart completely.

Keywords:   divorce, separations, legal separations, annulment, fault-based divorce, divorce on demand, family breakdown, no-fault divorce

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