Divorce and remarriage issues have enormous impact on the families in the United States. The experienced licensed mental health professional Garrett Coan states that divorce can cause financial, career, logistic and emotional problems to the divorced partners. After divorce, money becomes a great problem for both partners. Most divorced people have periods of emotional instability and depression, as well as loss of feelings. Most people have health problems, such as sleep problems, poor concentration, gaining or losing weight, etc. (Hutson 34). Besides, Divorce affects children, who can become nervous, sad, isolated, and even angry. It is proved that psychological trauma influences the development of children. Many divorced parents cannot explain their children the subject of their separation. In the USA, there are many counseling experts who provide support to divorced parents and their children. In addition, there are certain social security benefits which are paid to the divorced spouses. These benefits depend on the former spouse’s earnings record and include disability, retirement, or survivor benefits and some benefits to the former spouses for the couple’s children (Woodhouse & Fetherling 60). As divorce and remarriage in the USA are accepted by society, there is no shame to be in divorce.
THE IMPACT OF DIVORCE AND REMARRIAGE ISSUES ON THE FAMILIES IN INDIA, EGYPT AND CANADA
The impact of divorce and remarriage on the families in other countries of the world is different, because of different legal system. Joel A. Nichols discusses this issue in his book where he uses a comparative approach to observe other legal systems in relation to marriage and divorce law. In India, marriage and divorce are not accepted by religion. It means if a person follows his religious principles, he has no right to divorce. However, the Hindu Marriage Act, 1955 which is applicable to Hindus, Sikhs, Buddhists and Jains does have any significant provisions for divorce. The Indian Divorce Act explains all possible reasons for divorce in India, including threats, violence, neglect, insult, indignity, etc. (Nichols 33). Some divorces may occur without judicial intervention. Divorces have negative impact on the families in India because many people who live in India are religious and do not want to violate the established rules. That is why in most cases, divorced parents are the scorn of the nation, as well as the children in divorced families. Besides, the norms of divorced law are based on interactions of officials who take care of divorced women in India. According to the statistics about 86% of divorced women are left with their children, but without home. According to the law, the property, vehicles and etc. remains with men. It is known that many women in India do not want to divorce because they are socially insecure after the divorce (Nichols 43). The same situation is in Egypt. It is easier for men to divorce in Egypt than for women. Women’s rights are limited after divorce. There is also public contempt to divorced women (Nichols 98).
In Canada, divorce also affects families and children. However, in this country divorce law is more equal to men and women. Canadians use the services of divorce lawyers and attorneys when they seek divorce. Special attention is paid to the fate of a child from the divorced family (Douglas 5). There is no public contempt in relation to divorce.
MY PERSONAL OPINION CONCERNING DIVORCE AND REMARRIAGE
I chose this family issue because divorce and remarriage often occur in our society. I cannot say that I am against divorce and remarriage. Divorce is the best solution for unhappy and unhealthy marriages, where there is lack of mutual understanding, constant cheating, lying and abuse. It is wrong to be the victim in marriage. However, there are many cases when children are involved in the transformation of the family. I am sure that each of the parents should take care of his or her children. They should give their children good education, and provide the appropriate opportunities for personal development, including financial support and psychological assistance. I have learned a lot about this issue, and now I can successfully develop this theme in the conversation with my friends and relatives.
In conclusion, it is necessary to say that divorce and remarriage are two significant family issues that influence the life of many individuals and the society. Although divorce is not allowed by religions, there are some situations when divorce is the best option. In different countries people have different attitude to divorce and divorced people because there are different legal systems. For example, in India and Egypt, divorced women have unequal rights regarding their common property and face public contempt, while in the United States and Canada divorce is a common thing and women and men are equal in their rights.