Divorce: A Blight on the American People.

Essay by aikaHigh School, 11th gradeA+, April 2003

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I want the things I had before

Like a Star Wars Poster on my bedroom door

I wish I could count to ten

Make everything be wonderful again

Hope my mom and I hope my dad

Will figure out why they get so mad

Hear them scream I hear them fight

Say bad words that make me wanna cry

. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

I don't wanna hear you say

That I will understand someday[ . . .]

And I don't wanna your meet friends

And I don't wanna start over again

I just want my life to be the same

Just like it used to be.

Somedays I hate everything

Everyone and everything (6-14, 47-54)

These lyrics are by well-known artist Everclear from their multi-platinum hit song "Wonderful."

Its popularity can be attributed to one thing: the emphathising of millions of children whose lives are also being or have been ripped apart by divorce.

Divorce is defined as"the termination of marrage by legal action" (Hill 1). Currently forty-eight states have "no fault" divorce laws on th books, which means a marriage can be dissolved based on merely "incompatibility or irreconcilable differences" (Hill 2). After the sweeping divorce law reforms of the 1960's, divorce rates have jumped twenty five percent (qtd. in "Why Divorce Rates Have Increased" 1). The group that has shown the most increase are families with children (qtd. in "Why Divorce Rates Have Increased" 1), and it is these children who are suffering the most. Supporters of the current laws claim that that no fault divorce grants more personal freedom, but at what cost? The fact is, no fault divorce...