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Research shows divorce has never been more morally acceptable

The way that society views broken marriage has changed over the years. It wasn't that many decades ago when a divorce meant almost certain social scrutiny, and in some cases, difficulty moving on with a healthy social life. Things have slowly changed, and people have come to terms with divorce as a tool for people to move beyond a failed marriage and toward new endeavors. According to recent research, divorce has never been more socially acceptable than it is today, which may come as a relief to Colorado spouses who are considering ending their own union.

The data comes from a review of Gallup polling, dating back to the 1950s. In the most recent poll, 73 percent of respondents stated that they find divorce "morally acceptable." That number is a significant change from the attitudes displayed in poll results from 1954, where 43 percent of respondents stated that they did not "believe" in divorce.

Researchers are not certain why the public perception of divorce has changed so radically over the years. It may be that, as divorce became more common, people have had more interaction with the process, even if they did not go through their own divorce. Witnessing the divorce of a family member, friend or colleague may remove some of the mystery from the process, which can make it easier to accept. It may also be that the nation is steadily progressing toward a more liberal stance on social issues, including divorce.

For those in Colorado who are thinking about ending their marriage, these statistics may come as a welcome relief. No one wants to be socially stigmatized, or to have their personal choices called into question in social settings. As more and more people recognize divorce as an option that is morally and socially acceptable, the possibilities of emerging from a broken marriage and moving on to a happier life is an attainable goal.

Source: gallup.com, "U.S. Divorce Rate Dips, but Moral Acceptability Hits New High", Andrew Dugan, July 7, 2017

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