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Good Intentions Gone Awry: No-Fault Divorce and the American Family

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This is an engaging, detailed, balanced, and provocative book that anyone interested in understanding divorce should read. Alan Parkman shows why the humane intentions behind no-fault divorce failed. Good Intentions Gone Awry applies the perspective of an economist to the issue of divorce. Parkman argues that current divorce laws create incentives that induce adults to make decisions that are against their own best interest as well as those of their family. (Steve Nock, University of Virginia)

This is a really excellent book. It is a testament to the power of economic reasoning. It documents the negative consequences of the modern 'no-fault' divorce revolution, and explains clearly and simply why these outcomes are just what economic theory would predict. The author makes a strong case for reforming the existing law and making divorce conditional on the mutual consent of both husband and wife. This book should be required reading for academics, judges, and law-makers in both North America and elsewhere. (Robert Rowthorn, Cambridge University)

An intelligent, lucid, and up-to-date review and analysis of divorce law in America, with some proposed changes in the law that deserve serious consideration. (David Popenoe, Rutgers University, author of Life Without Father)

About the Author

Allen M. Parkman is the Regents' Professor of Management at the University of New Mexico. His articles on the family have appeared in numerous journals, including theAmerican Economic Review, theInternational Review of Law and Economics, theFamily Law Quarterly, and theABA Journal.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (February 9, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0847698688
  • ISBN-13: 978-0847698684
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.8 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #11,186,964 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Mimi on November 24, 2012
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This book should be required reading for lawmakers. No fault divorce is presented as a good law, and that's an abomination that everybody should know about
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