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Divorce Defined According to dictionary.com divorce is any formal separation of husband and wife according to established custom.
Thesis Statement for Divorce Divorce is common in more than half of marriages today but the church is strongly against it.
Pro-Divorce Escape from an unhappy marriage/situation Allows persons to live independently Person can gain a sense of self integrity Can live a life of self-dependency Enjoy life more Chance to look for another spouse Given a second chance to have a happy and successful marriage
Pro-Divorce cont. Domestic abuse might be another reason a person files for divorce Many people say that this is another acceptable reason for divorce Domestic abuse puts a person in a situation of fear for themselves and possibly their children Divorce can be an escape route from a harmful marriage
Anti-Divorce Children are effected by divorce in such ways as Stunted educational growth Higher rates of drug abuse, suicide, and are more likely to drop out of highschool/college A more likely chance of a failed marriage in the future Joint custody is an option Court disputes are often arguemental and end with bitter feelings Places children in the middle of two homes Creates an unstable enviorment to grow up in
Anti-Divorce cont. Divorce puts the responsibilities of two parents on the shoulders of one The family relies on the income of one person Parent has to play the role of father and mother Family is often put into poverty within a year of the divorce Religious practice is dropped drastically or all together when only one parent is raising the children Religious worship has been linked to longer, happier, and more successful marriages
Religious Aspects The Church views divorce as a grave evil It goes against the natural law Defiles the covenant made with God when vows are receited When two people are joined in marriage they promise to God that they will stay together “Till death do us part.” “A ratified and consumated marriage cannot be dissolved by any human power or for any reason other than death.” (Iuris Canonici 1141)
Religious Aspects cont. So many people these days are getting married without really getting to know eachother Couples who live together before getting married have a higher chance of getting a divorce Marriage is more than just a choice, it’s a vocation that is created to last a life time and make you happy God designed marriage to make people happy Marriage was not meant to be a series of test trials God intended for us to find the one person that makes us happy and live the rest of our life with them
Definitive Statement The Church views divorce as a moral evil, even though more than 50% of marriages end in divorce today, it is still wrong, it breaks the covenant with God and goes against the natural law.