The purpose of this paper is to provide a critical discussion on the issue of the role of religion in marriage and divorce. The format that this paper will utilize is to provide some background information on how major religions view divorce. After this point some arguments will be provided regarding what role religion should play in the ending of a marital relationship with regards to personal choice and the duty of the state to intervene. Without question, it is the case that religion does currently play a major role in marriage and divorce. Surprisingly, the major religions differ on the role of divorce. For example, according to the Jewish Virtual Library (2011) it is the case that divorce in the Jewish faith is strongly frowned upon but it is seen as a viable last resort, moreover under some circumstances divorce is even recommended. This process is in many regards very similar to the legal divorce that is employed by many Western cultures. In regards to Catholicism, according to Henneberger (2002) it is the case that Catholicism forbids divorce and even goes so far as to encourage lawyers who are Catholic to refuse divorce cases. Building on these previous points, many religions technically allow divorce they may strongly frown upon the practice, furthermore one must also take into consideration the fact that there may be a strong social stigma associated with divorcees, and within certain religious circles.