Divorced in a Flash: The Effect of the Administrative Divorce Option on Marital Stability in the Netherlands

44 Pages Posted: 5 Dec 2018

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Jan Kabatek

University of Melbourne - Melbourne Institute of Applied Economic and Social Research; IZA; Netspar

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Date Written: November 30, 2018

Abstract

Administrative divorce is an optional divorce procedure which allows couples to bypass the court system and dissolve their marriages in a streamlined, uncontested process. The lack of court involvement renders the administrative divorce faster and less expensive than the conventional divorce. In this paper, I investigate whether the administrative divorce option affected the stability of marriages in the Netherlands. Leveraging the ban of the procedure in 2009, I show that the divorce risks were 11.6% higher under the legal regime which allowed for administrative divorce. This effect is causal, and it exhibits considerable heterogeneity, being stronger among dual-earner couples, native couples, and couples living in rural regions.

Keywords: Marital stability, divorce, administrative divorce, divorce costs

JEL Classification: J12, J18, K36

Suggested Citation

Kabatek, Jan, Divorced in a Flash: The Effect of the Administrative Divorce Option on Marital Stability in the Netherlands (November 30, 2018). Melbourne Institute Working Paper No. 12/18. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3296093 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3296093

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