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Columbia Law School

1990

Family Law

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Rational Decisionmaking About Marriage And Divorce, Elizabeth S. Scott Jan 1990

Rational Decisionmaking About Marriage And Divorce, Elizabeth S. Scott

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The apparent normative goal of modem divorce law is the efficient termination of unsuccessful marriages. Once the couple (or either party) determine that the marriage is no longer satisfactory, then quick and easy exit is deemed desirable. As Carl Schneider suggests, the law has withdrawn from moral discourse about divorce, adopting a neutral stance toward marital dissolution. Although divorce typically imposes formidable psychological and economic costs, there are few legal incentives to remain married, or even to consider thoughtfully the decision to end the marriage. Moreover, although decisions about marriage and divorce have important legal implications, the law does nothing ...