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Divorce Revolution

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ISBN-13: 978-0029347119
ISBN-10: 0029347114
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Based upon interviews with judges, lawyers, and divorced persons in California, and data collected from that state's court dockets, this volume presents the first systematic examination of the social and economic effects of divorce law reform. Sociologist Weitzman concludes that while the abolition of grounds, fault, and consent has eliminated much of the acrimony previously associated with divorce proceedings, this, together with the institution of gender-neutral standards for property awards and child support, has resulted in increased economic hardship and social dislocation for divorced women and dependent children. Weitzman does not intend to extrapolate her data, conclusions, and recommendations to the whole country; however, it is reasonable to believe that they have national implications. Essential reading for legislators and family law scholars; highly recommended for public and academic libraries. Merlin Whitemen, Dann Pecar Newman Talesnick & Kleiman, Indianapolis
Copyright 1985 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 504 pages
  • Publisher: Free Press (August 17, 1987)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0029347114
  • ISBN-13: 978-0029347119
  • Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 6.2 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 1.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,406,420 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book is the foundation of America's child support guidelines. It has probably led to more court-ordered money transfers than any other work in the history of humanity. The book has methodological problems? That just makes it more interesting because the erroneous conclusions did not diminish the book's influence. Weitzman says "divorced women and the minor children in their households experience a 73 percent decline in their standard of living in the first year after divorce. Their former husbands, in contrast, experience a 42 percent rise in their standard of living." It should have been obvious to readers that something was wrong with the research. Weitzman describes women filing lawsuits and men defending them. Why were women going to court asking a judge to reduce their standard of living to 27 percent of what it had been? Why were men paying lawyers and vigorously fighting someone who was trying to make them rich and happy?

Journalists, legislators, and judges didn't ask these basic sanity check questions before advocating or developing child support guidelines that in many states make it straightforward to gain millions of dollars in tax-free child support cash following a one-night sexual encounter. That shows the success of Weitzman's work.

[In case you're curious to know why Weitzman got the numbers wrong, one answer is that if a divorced woman collecting alimony and child support remarried, Weitzman counted her as even poorer. The extra adult in the house was considered an expense and Weitzman didn't bother to investigate whether or not that second husband had a job. So if the reason for the divorce was that the woman was having an affair with her Beverly Hills plastic surgeon and, following the divorce, married him and moved into his Beverly Hills mansion, she would be counted by Weitzman as impoverished.]

This is one of the most significant intellectual works of our time, despite the arithmetic errors.
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The first reviewer is telling the truth. Weitzman hid data from other researchers for years while pushing her false "findings" in the media. She eventually caved under immense pressure and other researchers quickly found the flaws in her analysis. Her results were fake. Unfortunately, by the time this was proven, public policy had been dramatically influenced and the public propaganda campaign in support of the new policies had become an unstoppable freight train. The damage Weitzman's deceit caused is incalcuable.
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Lenore Weitzman has been entirely debunked and discredited for her "study" under which she fudged the numbers, willfully withheld results and raw data, willfully and intentionally miscalculated data all to arrive at a conclusion she designed and created before she began her "study". Her position was, and remains, ludicrous. She's morally bankrupt and is logically, intellectually and factually challenged.
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A review of the literature on women and divorce shows that the findings are generally found to be the following: Women's standard of living declines approximately 30% post- divorce while men's declines about 10%. If a woman has a profession, the decline is less but for a financially dependent woman this figure ( 30%) tends to be validated over a number of sources, including the US Census and the work of Hoffman and Duncan. The event which helps to equalize and improve a woman's standard of living is remarriage, which for about 50% of divorced women will occur within 5 years.
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Weitzman falsified data and made numerous mathematical errors and faulty data gathering techniques to make her case that women and children suffer much worse financially after divorce than do divorced fathers. Feminist propaganda at its finest, which has been used to hurt many children and fathers.
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