When the Australian Parliament enacted a no-fault element to the divorce laws in 1975 enshrined in the Family Law Act, it was no surprise that divorce rates across the country skyrocketed.
The following year, 1976, the divorce rate almost tripled from 24,307 to 63,230 -still the highest number of divorces recorded by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) in any single year.
The legislative change was a watershed moment for couples engaged in unhappy matrimony, and it hada huge impact not only on the way Australian families were formed but how they have related over the past four decades.
Since then, there has been a steady decline in the divorce rate, and by 2008, Australia recorded its lowest number of divorces since 1992.
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