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Master of Social Work (MSW)


Social Work

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1 online resource (40 p.)


Oregon. an Act Relating to Suits for Annulment or Dissolution of Marriage, Divorce -- Oregon




In October of 1972, the Dissolution of Marriage Act (hereinafter referred to as the Act) became a part of the law and judicial practice of the state of Oregon. The Act represents a significant change in Oregon's law. It also represents a significant evolutionary development in the 'attitude of the legal community toward the process of divorce or as it is now termed, dissolution of marriage.

The Act was a response to extensive criticism from professionals and from the public. The problem is the legislators were not sure of the effects of the Act and now that it is in effect there is still little or no objective data regarding its effectiveness. This study is an exploratory attempt to evaluate the consequences of the Act, the accomplishment of its stated purposes and its impact upon the process of dissolution and the people involved.


A research practicum submitted in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Master of Social Work

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