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Why Is Alberta Divorce Rate So High?

Dawson QuintinFeb 15, 2010 | edited Feb 15, 2010 - by @DawsonQuintin

Alberta is one of the Canadian provinces that has highest divorce rate where as Saskatchewan, another Canadian province, has 27 percent less divorce rate than Alberta divorce rate. In America the divorce rates are higher in red states where the people are supposed to be very conservative and strongly follow traditional American family values. At the same time, divorce rates are fewer in blue states where early marriages are very common and a majority of people have less education and lower socioeconomic status.

The years between 1968 and 2003 saw a rapid rise in the number of Alberta divorce cases. Actually, during this time the divorce rates rose by around 357 per cent. The Divorce Act of 1968 and its amendments in 1985 introduced no-fault divorce in Canada. Under this law the spouses are able to obtain divorce without proving any fault. Henceforth, court can grant divorce only on the basis of marriage breakdown. The spouses are able to establish marriage breakdown very easily if they have been living separately for at least one year.

Statistics proves that Alberta divorce rate rose to the level of 9556 divorces per 100,000 married people. It has to be noted that the rate of divorce is higher among those who have been married for around 4 to 5 years and is relatively low among the couples who are married for more than this period. The divorce rate again declined to 2 per 1000 among the spouses who have reached more than 40 years of married life.

The theory that younger you marry; more likely you are to get divorced is not sufficient to explain the reasons for higher divorce rate in Alberta. The inadequacy of this theory is proven by the fact that people of Saskatchewan also show a tendency to get married at a younger age. At the same time, its divorce rate is not as high as in Alberta. A more reasonable explanation for the higher Alberta divorce rate is that this province has relatively a small number of immigrants than many other provinces of Canada. Many of the immigrants of Canada, particularly those from Asia, will try to avoid divorce as much as possible.

The rapid increase in Alberta divorce rate can also be due to the fact that many couples in Alberta now prefer to live in common-law relationship without entering into a legal marriage. It has been found in a recent study that likelihood for divorce is very high among common law couples and a high percentage of common law relationships end up in divorce. During the 1960s a large proportion of children were born to the parents who had not lived together before their marriage. However, in 1993 around 20% of children were born in common-law households and about one third of children were born to the couples who had lived together before getting married to each other.

Incidentally, some American researchers found a curious fact that has a direct impact on divorce rates. Regions with very high divorce rates also have large concentrations of conservative Christians. This is surprising because conservative Christians are mostly pro-marriage, in their attitudes, although they have the highest incidence of divorces. A lot of people in the red states are worried about this tendency. May be this applies to an Alberta divorce too!

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jack@divorce essay Author May 24, 2010
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Since the introduction of ?no-fault divorce? in Canada 30 years ago, the rate of marital break-up has soared 600%. A third of marriages fail, and over a third of those break-ups involve children. One-fifth of Canadian children have lost a parent to divorce, with an effect that some sociologists now say can be ?worse than a parent's death.? Divorce is consistently associated with juvenile emotional disorders, crime, suicide, promiscuity and later marital break-up.
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jacob@divorce rights Author May 24, 2010
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In Alberta Divorce rate has reached quite disturbing high numbers. It seems that married couples are not willing to save their marriages by working on their relationship and trying to find less radical solution than divorce. The divorce rate statistics have been remaining at the same high level for many years and they do not seem to get any lower.
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josephine@divorce and parenting Author May 24, 2010
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The divorce rate in America is more than 50%, which means one in two couples will break up. Why it is so high. What is the real reason for them to divorce? I think we should look for the answer from the American belief. Freedom is one of the most important beliefs for America and nothing can replace it besides love. When they married, they don?t run for long love. If they think the love and family can?t offer their happiness and safety, they would choose to divorce. They wouldn?t think more about the family or the children because they take themselves as the center. That means they love freedom not stability. Their dreams are running for their own blessedness.
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liza@causes for divorce Author May 06, 2010
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There could be any number of reasons for the rise in the divorce rate in recent times. One reason could be that divorce is more socially acceptable to more people now. Another reason could be that fewer people belong to religions that oppose divorce and/or fewer people following rules of religion even if they attend services regularly. Another factor could be that in the past more people stayed in situations that today are considered abusive, and the increased awareness of what constitutes abuse and why leaving is not only ok, but desirable, could play a rule as well.
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liza@causes for divorce Author May 06, 2010
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There could be any number of reasons for the rise in the divorce rate in recent times. One reason could be that divorce is more socially acceptable to more people now. Another reason could be that fewer people belong to religions that oppose divorce and/or fewer people following rules of religion even if they attend services regularly.
.-= liza@causes for divorce´s last blog ..Divorce Rate =-.

edited May 06, 2010 - by @lizacausesfordivorce28766
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Who knows maybe it is the amount of woman compared to teh amount of guys really Calgary is known to have a huge ratio of woman as to men. So maybe you have alot of guys seeing they have a huge population of woman to choose from why not jump from one to another one. Simply put maybe it is just too easy to get a divorce in Calgary.
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