AD AND DIVORCE: Michael Briguglio
AD AND DIVORCE
Michael Briguglio - Public Relations Officer
Alternattiva Demokratika - The Green Party http://www.alternattiva.org.mt
Please refer to the article and survey entitled "Divorce: sooner rather than later", which appeared in the Malta Today (23/03/02).
The article states that Malta's political parties "with no exception keep away from the divorce issue" and that "the introduction of divorce in Malta is not on the cards of any political party". In Alternattiva Demokratika's case, the article states that this issue was a pillar of the party's electoral campaigns in 1992 and 1996 but that "now, it appears that the Greens are no longer keen on promoting divorce as an electoral issue."
In actual fact, Alternattiva Demokratika is not afraid to tackle 'controversial' challenges faced by contemporary Malta. Divorce is no exception.
All European countries have introduced divorce and divorcees carry little or no stigma. Indeed, divorce is taken for granted as a normal characteristic in modern democracies which champion civil rights.
The impact of divorce has been analysed by various sociologists and there is general consensus that this issue should be analysed within the wider context of social change and changing attitudes. Besides, the effects of divorce on children are difficult to gauge due to the influence of various factors, such as the level of conflict between parents before separation, the age of children, the children's relationship with other parents, whether or not they have brothers and sisters, how far they continue to see their parents frequently, and so forth. Other factors, such as welfare and housing provision and availability of child care facilities also play an important role in this regard. What seems to be most important, however, is that children seem to prosper most when they are loved. And love towards children is not monopolised by any type of family or marriage.
The legalisation of divorce has featured in all of Alternattiva Demokratika's electoral manifestos. The Green Party manifesto for the forthcoming general elections shall be no exception. Its draft format confirms AD's proposal for the introduction of divorce as a civil right after 3 years from a married couple's separation. The Greens are also in favour of councelling provided by the state to couples facing difficulties in their marriage.