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Law As Mirror: Divorce Law Until 2004

By Sara Joy - Law Student @ Downing College, Cambridge


Many scholars describe the law as a mirror that reflects societal norms and conventions. This ought to be true because arguably, a successful legal system depends on the law being largely congruent with the morality generally accepted by the majority in order that members of society may conform to it and so social order will be maintained.

This means as morality changes, frequently the law changes too. Let’s use the example of divorce to explore this concept. Marriage was a