Divorce Essay: The Knot Untied In England

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The Knot Untied One way of pursuing happiness is to fall in love. When a person is in love, he or she imagines spending the rest of his or her life with that somebody. So to speak, people fall in love because they want somebody who would complement them, and who will be able to be with them for the rest of their days. That is why person ends up marrying who he or she loves. Marriage is considered to be a holy and sacred union between a man and a woman. However, when laws are enacted and the rights of each and individual is protected, the vow can be broken, and the knot is untied. Of course, this is subject to due process of law based on legal grounds so that marriage may be dissolved. Instead of “for better or for worse, till death do us…show more content…
However, not being able to give King Henry a male heir, Anne was found to be guilty of treason, adultery and incest, and was beheaded. Anne Boleyn is considered to be the original home-wrecker who destroyed the sanctity of marriage because of her social and selfish ambition. She is presumed to be the very reason why the gates of divorce in England have been opened and it would be very difficult to close them again. The marriage of King Henry to Anne Boleyn led to divorce in 1552. The term divorce was not even used again until 1670. King Henry VIII's new church outstripped the Catholic Europe of the restrictions in the grant of annulments. Because of this, Protestant Europe was beginning to embrace the idea that indeed, there could be a reasonable cause why a marriage should be dissolved. The Church of England's support of divorce was so strong that it resulted to an act of Parliament which voted to support it. Finally, divorce law was enacted in 1857. Four out of 324 cases of divorce were only filed by women. A husband who wants to divorce his wife must prove that the latter committed adultery. On the other hand, a wife who wants to put away her husband must prove also that he committed adultery and some other aggravating circumstances for

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