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Who Reacts to Less Restrictive Divorce Laws?
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, The Swedish Institute for Social Research (SOFI). ROCKWOOL Foundation, Denmark.
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Abstract [en]

Objective: To study how divorce behavior in Denmark changed following a July 2013 reform that repealed mandatory separation periods for uncontested divorces, instead allowing for immediate administrative divorce.

Background: Most countries have mandatory separation periods that couples undergo before they can divorce. Separation allows couples a grace-period, during which they may reconcile and stay together. Yet, the impact of separation periods on divorce risk remains understudied. 

Methods: Using monthly time series data on divorce rates from 2007-2018 (T=144), the research brief estimates the size and shape of the policy impact of the July 2013 reform. Using monthly administrative population data on all ever-married couples (N*T=40,431,848) the study further calculates the average characteristics of married couples in Denmark who would have remained together absent the reform.

Results: After an initial spike in the divorce rate driven by couples divorcing earlier, the divorce rate settled at a 9.7 percent higher level compared to pre-reform. Couples who divorced because of the reform had been married for fewer years, were ethnic Danish, and had high school degree as highest educational level.

Conclusion: Mandatory separation periods keep a minor, but substantial, share of potential divorcees together.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Copenhagen: The ROCKWOOL Foundation Research Unit , 2019. , p. 25
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ROCKWOOL Foundation Study paper ; 114
Keywords [en]
administrative data, divorce, legal separation, marriage policy, time series models
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Sociology (excluding Social Work, Social Psychology and Social Anthropology)
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-173529OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-173529DiVA, id: diva2:1354473
Available from: 2019-09-25 Created: 2019-09-25 Last updated: 2019-10-07Bibliographically approved

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