Family Law Prof Blog

Editor: Margaret Ryznar
Indiana University
Robert H. McKinney School of Law

Friday, May 4, 2018

Divorces in Denmark

From the Business Insider:

Denmark is consistently ranked as one of the happiest countries in the world. It also has thehighest divorce rate in western Europe: Nearly half of all marriages ended in divorce as of 2017.

One reason for the relatively high divorce rate might be that splitting up in Denmark is a relatively seamless process. The New York Times reported that couples can complete an online form, pay a $60 fee, and get a divorce in less than a week.

Yet according to The Times, all that could change next year, when new rules around the divorce process are set to go into effect. Couples who have children and want to dissolve their marriage will now be required to take a three-month "reflection period" and get free counseling before they're granted a divorce. The goal is to protect children, who will also receive counseling during this time.

Read more here.

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