The Holiday Season is often followed by the decision to divorce – The Decision.
Deciding to divorce is not easy. Yet, in Massachusetts, the Decision to do so is made in about 50% of marriages.
For couples with young children, the Decision must consider the young children. Young children are those who have not graduated from high school. Often unknown, or unappreciated, the Decision has an indelible and devastating effect on young children.
Divorce is often seen as the death of a child’s family, at least as the child has known the family. This death can result in outcomes including Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.
So, it is an important decision with important ramifications.
In the lives of young children, no decision of their parents can have a more negative effect than the decision to divorce. An, that is exactly the reason couples should take a few extra steps before the Decision.
First, talk alone about the Decision. “But, we can’t talk! That’s why we’re divorcing!” Well listen, if your child was lying in an emergency room and the two of you had to talk and make a decision, would you talk and make the decision? If your answer is “Of course”, well, in your child’s life, this is just as important.
-Is divorce the only choice?
-Is divorce the only answer?
-Is divorce necessary now, while the children are young?
If you cannot talk, then talk with a professional. Yes, it is that important in the lives of your children. Also, if the first professional “just isn’t right,” try another, and another.
If you have done all you can to keep the family “alive” and, still, divorce is necessary, then you have probably done all that you can.
©2018 Anthony C. Adamopoulos