Divorce laws are legislated in countries all over the world with more and more governments creating and improving these laws constantly. Marriage is no longer considered something that lasts forever, a sacred and unbreakable thing. Statistics show that roughly half of all marriages end in divorce, and now such things as "starter marriages" are perfectly acceptable practices. With instances of spousal abuse and adultery on the rise, so is the rate of divorce. Similarly, few households employ traditional roles in these modern days. Unlike thirty years ago, it is common for both adults in a home to work full time jobs to support themselves and their household.
Being Fair To Both Parties
Covering just about every aspect that could be discovered to argue about, divorce laws are important in ensuring that both parties are treated fairly and both their individual person and their past "couple unit" are respected when it comes time to decide what happens to belongings, earnings, children, pets, and more. Divorce laws also protect a person's assets that were gained before the relationship was commenced. This is usually an agreement made before marriage, called a pre-nuptial agreement.
Ensuring A Smooth Transition
In North America, the practice of divorce laws gives a voice to those who might not otherwise have it. No longer does a simple "yes" or "no" from one party have to suffice for another. Situations such as child or spousal support, custody arrangements, determining what belongings go where after the process is complete and much more can all be resolved in the form of a trial if the parties involved cannot reach an agreement otherwise. Those who find themselves intimidated or unwilling to confront their ex-spouse are given the opportunity to have an attorney do it for them and work with them to ensure that person does not suffer as a result of their divorce.
Keeping This Fair and In Perspective
Because divorce laws are a very important part of ensuring everyone has fair opportunities, most governments around the world have legislated laws regarding the break down of a marriage and apply them regularly.