- Prince Charles and Lady Diana Spencer (1996)
- Sir Paul McCartney and Heather Mills (2008)
Audio Pronunciation: (di·vorce)
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- Plural: divorces
- This is a simplified definition of a vast continuum of societal and cultural practices which determine the basis for a divorce and the repercussions.
- In contrast to divorce, a separation is temporary break in a marriage that may or may not lead to a divorce.
- A family resulting from a divorce is called a divorced family and is often a single-parent family, if one of these family types joins with another it is called a blended family.
- Also called:
- dissolution of marriage
- martial separation
- Divorce used in a sentence: My partner and I are going through a divorce.
- A (noun) divorcée is a divorced individual, typically referring to a female and a (noun) divorcer (verb) divorces another individual for (adjective) divorceable or (adjective) divorcive reasons.
- Family and Kinship Resources – Books, Journals, and Helpful Links
- Word origin of “divorce” – Online Etymology Dictionary: etymonline.com
- Emery, Robert E. 2013. Cultural Sociology of Divorce: An Encyclopedia. Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE Reference.
- Hackstaff, Karla B. 1999. Marriage in a Culture of Divorce. Philadelphia: Temple University Press.
- Phillips, Roderick. 1988. Putting Asunder: A History of Divorce in Western Society. Cambridge, United Kingdom: Cambridge University Press.
- Wallerstein, Judith S., Julia Lewis, and Sandra Blakeslee. 2000. The Unexpected Legacy of Divorce: A 25 year Landmark Study. New York: Hyperion.
- Yodanis, C. 2005. “Divorce Culture and Marital Gender Equality: A Cross-National Study.” Gender & Society. 19(5): 644-659.
- common-law marriage
- open marriage
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How to Cite the Definition of Divorce
ASA – American Sociological Association (5th edition)
Bell, Kenton, ed. 2013. “divorce.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Retrieved March 22, 2019 (http://sociologydictionary.org/divorce/).
APA – American Psychological Association (6th edition)
divorce. (2013). In K. Bell (Ed.), Open education sociology dictionary. Retrieved from http://sociologydictionary.org/divorce/
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MLA – Modern Language Association (7th edition)
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