Definition of Divorce
Examples of Divorce
- Prince Charles (now Charles III) and Lady Diana Spencer (1996)
- Sir Paul McCartney and Heather Mills (2008)
International Phonetic Alphabet
- American English – /dɪˈvɔrs/
- British English – /dɪˈvɔːs/
- 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 a 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.
- Type: gray divorce
- Also called:
- dissolution of marriage
- marital separation
- A (noun) divorcée is a divorced individual, typically referring to a woman and a (noun) divorcer (verb) divorces another individual for (adjective) divorceable or (adjective) divorcive reasons.
- “We need to know what the institutional links are between family and society which transmit social norms about everyday behavior. That is, we need to know exactly how patterns of family behavior come to be accepted and how proper solutions for family problems come to be taken for granted. And the recent rise in the number of remarriages after divorce may provide us with a natural laboratory for observing this process of institutionalization. As remarriage after divorce becomes more common, remarried parents and their children probably will generate standards of conduct in conjunction with the larger society. By observing these developments, we can improve our understanding of the sources of unity in married-and remarried-life” (Cherlin 1978:648).
- 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: 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, Carrie. 2005. “Divorce Culture and Marital Gender Equality: A Cross-national Study.” Gender & Society 19(5):644–59. doi:10.1177/0891243205278166.
- covenant marriage
- deinstitutionalization of marriage
- divorced family
- divorce probability
- divorce rate
- single-parent family
Cherlin, Andrew. 1978. “Remarriage as an Incomplete Institution.” American Journal of Sociology 84(3):634–50. doi:10.1086/226830.
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ASA – American Sociological Association (5th edition)
Bell, Kenton, ed. 2013. “divorce.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Retrieved November 28, 2023 (https://sociologydictionary.org/divorce/).
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