On July 25, 2011, the Maltese parliament passed legislation that legalized divorce in the predominantly Roman Catholic country. The bill took effect in October 2011. This change was a result of a voter referendum that favored legalizing divorce. Malta was the last EU member state to forbid divorce. In Chile, a law permitting divorce went into effect in 2004, which showed the global trend toward permitting divorces. The issue has also been addressed by the European Commission, which proposed simplified divorce laws across the various EU countries.
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