Absurdity of the clickie divorce

May 8, 2018 by

by Fionn Shiner, The Conservative Woman:

If a fiction writer wanted to lampoon our culture’s obsession with convenience and how this seeps into every aspect of our lives, they would have struggled to come up with a metaphor so crushing and encompassing than the news that you can now get a divorce online for only £550.

Is anyone really surprised that the wrenching apart of a family can be arranged at the click of a button? That the children in that marriage will now face a whole range of issues – for example, being more likely to take drugs, fail at exams or exhibit behavioural problems – with no more effort than buying a pair of shoes?

The effects of divorce are one of the many elephants in the room that we simply will not discuss. If we were to admit that divorce has had terrible consequences for children then we might need to reconsider just how progressive all of that liberation was. To paraphrase G K Chesteron, don’t take a fence down until you know why it was built in the first place.

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