- Hardcover: 504 pages
- Publisher: Free Pr (September 1, 1985)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0029347106
- ISBN-13: 978-0029347102
- Product Dimensions: 1.4 x 6.4 x 9.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds
- Customer Reviews: 4 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,616,201 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Divorce Revolution: The Unexpected Social and Economic Consequences for Women and Children in America Hardcover – September 1, 1985
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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.
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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.