The right to divorce in America seems to be a given, and these days Rhode Island residents can even get a "no-fault" divorce, by citing "irreconcilable differences" as the reason behind their split. However, it has not always been possible or easy to get a divorce. Let's take a look back in time and explore a brief overview of the history of divorce in the United States.
In the early 1800s, it was recognized, that just as a union of countries could be broken up, a couple in the union of marriage should also be allowed to break up. In the 1800s, "omnibus clauses" and other legal ambiguities were used to allow a couple to divorce. Usually to get divorced, there had to be proof of physical abuse or adultery. However, an omnibus clause made it possible for a couple to divorce if the court deemed it to be reasonable and just. This lead to a rise in divorce rates between 1850 and 1900.