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Posted by Cassia on September 19, 1997 at 17:22:09:
In response to Insanity?, written by Marsha on September 18, 1997 at 19:55:30
] Is insanity a grounds for divorce? I thought not (not then) Look at Mr Rochester. And I've read somewhere that you could not divorce an insane person.
Many people chose not to divorce the insane because doing so would give one the reputation of being irresponsible, ie witholding the care and support the spouse had a right to. The reforms occured in the early 1830's and were not immediately accpted. the Established Church, for example, held anyone taking advantage of the new laws as being immoral. This did not do much to reccomentd them in the marriage market.
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