>Relationships 101: What is Divorce?

>The recent statistics show that over sixty percent of marriages end in divorce. Many of these divorces come from second and third marriages. What is divorce and why is it so prevalent today?

Fifty years ago, the marriage philosophy was quite different than it is today. When people made vows to be together ’til death do us part, it was not only a moral commitment but a religious rule. Even if times were tough, there was rarely talk of divorce and only in the extreme circumstances. A divorce is basically a legal process that dissolves the agreement of marriage and distributes the property among the couple. Some religions require a formal process to absolve the marriage under the eyes of God such as an Annulment.

Years ago divorce was looked upon as a last resort and was often shameful. Society and family members shunned the divorcee from their lives as if they committed a crime . . .

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About Ilissa Banhazl

Ilissa Banhazl is a licensed marriage and family psychotherapist, former grade school teacher and holds a masters degree in reading. She has a private practice in Glendora, CA and lives in the Los Angeles area with her husband and three children. She specializes in adult, adolescent, individual, couple, and family relationship counseling as well as eating disorder treatment and recovery. She facilitates a Women’s Support Group in Glendora as well as a Women’s Disordered Eating & Body Image Group. Ilissa authors 3 therapy blogs, Marriage and Family, Eating Disorders and Group Therapy. You can follow her at FB and Twitter. http://www.ilissabanhazlmft.com or http://www.eatingdisordersgroup.com
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