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  • Writer's pictureAlan Jacobs

Should Couples Stay in an Adversarial Marriage for the Sake of Their Children?

The reason why this question is so difficult to answer is because every family is different and one size doesn’t fit all when it comes to divorce.


One thing that all researchers agree upon, writes Terry Gaspard in this excellent article, is that the level of conflict among family members matters a great deal when it comes to looking at the adjustment of children overall. Conflict between parents, whether it occurs in an intact, divorced, or remarried family is associated with a wide range of negative effects for children that may be ongoing. In the article Terry offers a summary of findings regarding whether it is better for parents to stay in a stressful marriage for the sake their children

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