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Making divorce easier : the role of no-fault and unilateral revisited

Sietse Bracke (UGent) and Klaas Mulier (UGent)
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Currently, the divorce literature has mainly focused on the introduction of no-fault and unilateral divorce grounds to explain the positive relation between ‘making divorce easier’ and divorce rates. We use the case study of Belgium to demonstrate that both no-fault and unilateral might not be the ideal proxies for ‘making divorce easier’, because the procedural level of legislation is entirely disregarded. Therefore, we propose an alternative proxy which does manage to capture the time-varying legislative environment, namely the duration of the legal divorce process. We find that a reduction in the duration of the divorce process by a month increases the divorce trend with about 1.4 %.
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divorce, cointegration, law and legislation

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Bracke, Sietse, and Klaas Mulier. “Making Divorce Easier : the Role of No-fault and Unilateral Revisited.” EUROPEAN JOURNAL OF LAW AND ECONOMICS 43.2 (2017): 239–254. Print.
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Bracke, Sietse, & Mulier, K. (2017). Making divorce easier : the role of no-fault and unilateral revisited. EUROPEAN JOURNAL OF LAW AND ECONOMICS, 43(2), 239–254.
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Bracke, Sietse, and Klaas Mulier. 2017. “Making Divorce Easier : the Role of No-fault and Unilateral Revisited.” European Journal of Law and Economics 43 (2): 239–254.
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Bracke, Sietse, and Klaas Mulier. 2017. “Making Divorce Easier : the Role of No-fault and Unilateral Revisited.” European Journal of Law and Economics 43 (2): 239–254.
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Bracke S, Mulier K. Making divorce easier : the role of no-fault and unilateral revisited. EUROPEAN JOURNAL OF LAW AND ECONOMICS. 2017;43(2):239–54.
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S. Bracke and K. Mulier, “Making divorce easier : the role of no-fault and unilateral revisited,” EUROPEAN JOURNAL OF LAW AND ECONOMICS, vol. 43, no. 2, pp. 239–254, 2017.
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  abstract     = {Currently, the divorce literature has mainly focused on the introduction of no-fault and unilateral divorce grounds to explain the positive relation between ‘making divorce easier’ and divorce rates. We use the case study of Belgium to demonstrate that both no-fault and unilateral might not be the ideal proxies for ‘making divorce easier’, because the procedural level of legislation is entirely disregarded. Therefore, we propose an alternative proxy which does manage to capture the time-varying legislative environment, namely the duration of the legal divorce process. We find that a reduction in the duration of the divorce process by a month increases the divorce trend with about 1.4 %.},
  author       = {Bracke, Sietse and Mulier, Klaas},
  issn         = {0929-1261},
  journal      = {EUROPEAN JOURNAL OF LAW AND ECONOMICS},
  keywords     = {divorce,cointegration,law and legislation},
  language     = {eng},
  number       = {2},
  pages        = {239--254},
  title        = {Making divorce easier : the role of no-fault and unilateral revisited},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10657-015-9485-0},
  volume       = {43},
  year         = {2017},
}

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