I. Introduction

II. The Divorce Rate

III. An Interrupted Time Series Analysis of Nebraska Divorces … A. Subgroups … B. Method … C. Time Series Analysis … D. Results

IV. Prior Research

V. Why Marriages Are Breaking Up

VI. The Law of Divorce—Then and Now … A. "What therefore God has put together, let not man put asunder" … B. "A Divorce ... must be grounded on a legal fault within the grounds enumerated in the statutes ... It is not for this court to do what it deems best for the parties" … C. "Legislative divorce policy of an era before Nebraska became a state ... may not reflect her modem mood" … D. "Dissolution of marriage shall mean the termination of a marriage by decree of a court of competent jurisdiction upon a finding that the marriage is irretrievably broken" … 1. Does the Irretrievable Breakdown Standard Reduce the Animosity of Divorce? … 2. How Closely Are Marriages Scrutinized in Order to Determine Whether They Are Irretrievably Broken? … 3. Does No Fault Divorce Permit Divorce by Consent? … 4. Does No Fault Divorce Permit Divorce upon Unilateral Demand? … 5. Are More Objective Standards for Irretrievable Breakdown Needed? … E. "No decree shall be entered ... unless the court finds that every reasonable effort to effect reconciliation has been made" … 1. Waiting Periods … 2. Reconciliation Attempts … F. "It is the intent of the legislature that a spouse who has been handicapped socially or economically by his or her contribution to a marriage shall be compensated for such contribution at the termination of the marriage …”

VII. Conclusion