By Margaret Robinson
The earlier twenty years have obvious the emergence of kin remedy, in addition to the advance of relations learn. Socio-legal stories have additionally been a contemporary, even though separate improvement. In "Family alterations via Divorce and Remarriage", Margaret Robinson integrates those strands of study with the appliance of structures thought, the root of relatives treatment. The examine examines the whole divorce-remarriage-stepfamily cycle within the context of the demographic info, the felony procedures and the systematic theoretical framework. for every part of the cycle, the writer describes the phases of improvement, summarizes the proper examine and illustrates the consequences on family with case examples. In doing so, she discusses many of the methods of intervening with households throughout the divorce procedure and the differing orientations of the pros concerned. within the final part of the cycle, she introduces the idea that of the "good sufficient" post-divorce and remarried relations, trying to outline it and supply acceptable directions for households and practitioners. eventually, she outlines many of the current study proposals that are more likely to switch either attitudes and perform when it comes to households in the course of divorce.
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Marriages in which both partners were remarrying rose from 9 per cent of all marriages in 1961 to 32 per cent in 1987. Second or subsequent unions are more likely to take the form of cohabitation; one factor which apparently influences the proportion of women who remarry being the age of their youngest child at the time of the divorce (Rimmer 1981). The General Household Survey estimated that the proportion of women aged 18–49 who were cohabiting more than doubled between 1979 and 1987. 5 Marriages, United Kingdom, 1961–87 (thousands and percentages) Note: a Remarriages for one or both partners.
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Though parents and children may change their relationships with one another they cannot dissolve them, parents are forever the parents of their children. However, one of the main strands of argument in this book is that the re-formed extended family system becomes changed and different rather than lost altogether. In our present society the expectation of many couples for a companionate marriage could be characterised as a search for intimacy in which each is touched, held, comforted and nourished.