Today the attitude of the public, as well as that of most lawmaking bodies, is still one of laissez faire towards this question of marriage laws. It is only when we realize that the problem is inherently involved with that of divorce, juvenile delinquency, pauperism and public health that the need for more scientific marriage legislation is made apparent. The appalling rate at which divorce and crime have increased in the United States in the last few years discloses serious deficiencies in those laws under which the family originates.
Richard T. Young,
An Evaluation of Washington Marriage Laws,
12 Wash. L. Rev. & St. B.J.
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