Kramer vs. Kramer: Destroyed from within
Legal guardians may file for divorce on behalf of the disabled person they represent.
This was declared by the Civil Chamber of the Supreme Court in a judgment which states that the guardian may invade the legal rights of the disabled. The sentence gives reason to the parents of a woman who, following a serious car accident remained quadriplegic and in a vegetative state. The husband just visited her at the hospital.
Marriage is not simply a private union of affection. It is a social good, but not for everyone. However, in healthy marriages, children, women and men are happier than those who are divorced.
This is because marriage promotes good relations between parents and children. As adults, the children of a couple can better enjoy the unity with their parents than those children whose parents are divorced. In the U.S., 30% of young people from divorced families have poor relationships with their mother, compared to 16% of children whose parents are still married. Concerning the relationship with the father, 65% have bad relationships if he is divorced, but if he remains married, the proportion drops to 29%.
Children of divorced parents see each one of their parents less often and thus their relationships are less cordial than those that exist between children and their parents that maintain a marriage.
Finally, marriage is also an insurance against poverty for mothers and children. Divorce causes them to be economically more vulnerable. Changes in family structure are the cause of people falling into poverty. What increases child poverty the most is the increase of single parent families. When a marriage breaks, it is more likely that children will suffer serious and persistent poverty. Between one fifth and one third of women who divorce fall into poverty after the separation.
Fray Luis de León once said that the state of the married state is holy, noble and cherished by God. (Translated by Gianna A. Sanchez-Moretti).
Author and journalist Clemente Ferrer has led a distinguished career in Spain in the fields of publicity and press relations. He is currently President of the European Institute of Marketing.