Stolen Vows

The Illusion of No-Fault Divorce and
The Rise of the American Divorce Industry

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Stolen Vows

Designed by those who would benefit most, no-fault divorce laws were rolled out across the country over thirty years ago. Wedding day promises lost all meaning when the newly-coined standard — Irretrievable Breakdown — replaced former ‘grounds’ for divorce. Within fifteen years each state had its own unique ‘no-fault’ language but the results were virtually the same when couples got to court. The judge was empowered to 'force' a divorce on an unwitting spouse and then divide up the family belongings — including the children. Lawyers used unscrupulous tactics to crush any lingering affection in order to deliver the final product — divorce. Capitalizing on the nation's growing misery, a profitable Divorce Industry arose and wiped away any lingering hope that was embodied in the original cornerstone of the divorce reform movement — the ‘Marriage Hospital’ that could attend to the Family Court 'casualties' and enhance opportunities for reconciliation. Learn how scoundrels got hold of this original high-minded ideal and turned it into a sinister scheme. Those whose role was to ‘protect’ the institution that is the foundation of family and society ravaged it instead. But a new wind is blowing in the land. Once the spell is broken and the veil of illusion is lifted, we can finally roll up our sleeves and begin the job of building the ‘Marriage Hospital’.

THE REALITY OF NO-FAULT DIVORCE: "Irretrievable Breakdown is not litigable in the state of Connecticut. If one party says it is irretrievably broken, then it is irretrievably broken," according to Connecticut Superior Court Judge Kochiss Frankel in his statement from the bench on April 30, 2002, in the case of Grimm v. Grimm [FA-01-0341257-S].

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