Award Date


Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)


Ethics and Policy Studies

First Committee Member

Alan Zundel

Number of Pages



In 1970, American society, steeped in a culture that emphasizes individual rights, turned away from traditional fault-based divorce laws to embrace the easy, unilateral no-fault divorce laws in place today---divorce laws that have had unexpected and disastrous economic consequences for the children of divorce. During the 1990s, many political and social groups advocated divorce reform that would return divorce law to a more traditional, fault-based system; however, no significant revisions to the no-fault laws were passed, arguably because our cultural norms will not support a return to fault-based divorce. Recognizing the underlying political and ethical theories that have shaped our culture, and turning the focus away from one of limiting divorce to one of improving the circumstances of children of divorce may be the first steps in creating national-level public policy that can positively impact the worst outcomes of divorce while presenting the best chance of passage into law.


Divorce; Matter; Responsibilities; Rights

Controlled Subject

Political science; Philosophy

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University of Nevada, Las Vegas




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