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Ask Joanie: Is Divorce Ever Good for Kids? SWEEPS WINNER ANNOUNCED

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The Mad Life Panel tackles a tough question: Is divorce ever good for kids?

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by on Jan. 7, 2013 at 12:34 PM
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by Member on Jan. 7, 2013 at 9:51 PM
Should someone let a absentee parent back into a child's life if they are more than likely going to walk right back out, especially if they haven't been in their life since the child was 4 months old.
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by Platinum Member on Jan. 7, 2013 at 9:57 PM

How do you help the child talk about their feelings?

by Member on Jan. 7, 2013 at 10:00 PM

Sometimes staying together is worse than divorce IMO. One of my closest friends has used the excuse of staying togethr for the kids for years. She has been and continues to be cheated on and abused financialy, verbaly, and emotionaly. Then she wonders why her 17 yr old DD is putting up with the same exact crap from her boyfriend.

by on Jan. 7, 2013 at 10:08 PM

I don't think divorce is ever good for anyone.. but it may be better than the current situation. Either way it tears the family unit apart and the couple apart. I also think that to stay married for the children might not be the best option either. 

by Member on Jan. 7, 2013 at 10:09 PM
How do you make visitation fair to both parents and children while still maintaining stability?
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by on Jan. 7, 2013 at 10:10 PM

 In my case, yes it was. My now ex husband was physically and emotionally abusive. He would have killed me and my son would have seen that.

by on Jan. 7, 2013 at 10:12 PM

 You know the old saying, "When Momma's not happy, nobody's happy"? I have always felt like that's true because my son can pick up when I am upset just like everyone else can. Do you feel like if an unhappy couple is to stay in a marriage...say the man is abusive or vice versa..don't you think that the child(ren) pick up on this? What is your take on that? At that point, how do you feel about divorce? Right or wrong? Child sake or no?

by Bronze Member on Jan. 7, 2013 at 10:15 PM

I have read that the parents should never speak ill of the other parent to the children, but doesn't this confuse the children?

by Bronze Member on Jan. 7, 2013 at 10:15 PM

Should the children decide with which parent they want to live?

by Bronze Member on Jan. 7, 2013 at 10:18 PM

Is it confusing to the children if the parents have a friendly divorce- if they continue to go on outings as a family but the parents just don't live together anymore and date other people?  Or is it better that the parents have split up so they can be happier and thus give the children a happier home life?

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