A new age of the happy divorce

Decades ago, no one ever talked about a couple splitting up. Divorce was like a bad word in the 1930s and 40s and only become somewhat acceptable socially moving into the 50s. But today, British Columbia couples who make the decision that their marriages are no longer working and choose to separate or divorce are actually celebrating their new-found freedoms with aplomb.

Divorce became particularly acceptable in the 70s when the rate flew well over 50%. Many divorces decades ago were contentious and fraught with custody battles, restraining orders and overheated tempers. The 21st century has brought with it a more gentle way of ending a marriage in many cases. In fact, some couples are raising glasses of champagne to their uncouplings. 

It's true, happy divorces -- complete with divorce parties, and former spouses taking smiling selfies together post-divorce -- are on the rise. The way in which society views divorce corresponds with societal norms of the time, and there is a general view of accepting things (such as divorce) that were once taboo. Even couples who have been married for decades are calling it quits because they don't face the same ostracization they once may have years ago.

Whatever the reasons are for a couple's divorce, both spouses might benefit from receiving independent legal counsel. Whether there are problematic areas in a divorce or not, people might benefit from knowing the laws that govern the process. Having some knowledge of the laws that fuel divorce in British Columbia may continue to keep each individual smiling and out of court.

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