It’s surely not just changes in laws regarding divorce that brought us to where we are today, but no doubt also changes regarding these laws, too.
It would be interesting and illuminating to learn why each of these various laws were struck down; who agitated against keeping these laws, to what end, who deemed them unfair, and why, etc.
It is easy to say the modern legal system is unfair, unjust and the various issues with it are causing the social breakdown we know too well. Here are some of the laws which kept the sexes in line, and marriage thereafter. Their loss has caused recognisable problems.
To avoid players or lying cads promising marriage to good women
To prevent gossip by competition, especially where truthful
To prevent bitter rivals (possibly male) or spinsters dissolving a union once made
To promote emotional intimacy and the ‘dependency paradox’ vital for a permanent relationship
The spouse should become the centre but not the whole Universe. Family business and home matters don’t leak to outsiders who twist the knife while things are down (natural ups and downs) and never let a good time go without passive-aggression.
Includes land law in
For an obligation of honesty going into…
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