Fault Deadbeat Parents, Not No Fault Divorce

Gary S. Becker's proposed change in policy, and one befitting a University of Chicago economist, is to depend exclusively on the marketplace to work its wonders by mandating that before a divorce is granted, the consent of the woman be required ("Finding fault with no-fault divorce," Economic Viewpoint, Dec. 7). This presumably would result in the wife being able to coerce her husband into agreeing to a financial settlement of a sufficient amount to provide his wife and children with an acceptable standard of living. The more a husband wants to end a marriage, the larger the settlement would potentially be. Life can sure be simple to an economist.

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