Divorce, Legal Rules, and Free Spirits

  • Author(s): Margaret Brinig, Francis Buckley
  • Date Posted: 1995
  • Law & Economics #: 95-09
  • Availability: Citation only


This article critiques divorce law irrelevance theories which hold that the shift from fault to no-fault divorce laws did notincrease divorce levels. We show why from a theoretical perspective the reverse is more plausible; and present new evidence that the adoption of no-fault divorce laws did result in higher divorce levels.