Debunking the Divorce Myth: Marriages are Actually Happy

  This article shows we should stop grousing about the "poor state of marriage in America."  Referring to a study by Shaunti Feldhahn, it debunks this myth while making the following points: The divorce rate has never reached 50% and is far lower than that. The 50% figure was a projection based on trends in the 1970's and '80's.  It was never the reality. The divorce rate has been dropping. 80% of marriages are happy. "The divorce rate among those active in their church i...
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How Can We Mend Broken Relationships?

By Allyson R My relationship with my dad has never been strong. We’ve lived in different states since I was a baby. We don’t know each other very well because I only go to visit once every one or two years due to the divorce that my parent’s had when I was young. My father called on holidays and I felt obligated to call on his birthday. I would receive an annual birthday card and that would essentially be the only mail I would see for another year. We’ve never known about each other’s tal...
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How Can I Cope with My Parent’s Divorce?

Name Withheld Throughout my life, I have repeatedly told myself that I am strong. I can get through anything. The cage around my heart is solid metal, and it would take a lot to wound my soul. This was all before I realized that the greatest heartaches happen when the people you’ve already let inside your caged heart wound you emotionally. In a way, this is what happened when my parents started the process of getting divorced. Their marriage had never been whole. Being in a home with raise...
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Is There Life After Divorce?

By Roger S. Divorce is typically devastating to spouses and any children involved. But, it is not a death sentence. Brighter days lie ahead. After my own divorce, I spent years wondering if the sun would ever shine again, but now I am happier than I have ever been. If you or your children are depressed, angry, hurt, unjustly treated, vilified, financially ruined, abandoned, disillusioned, distrustful, or just plain disappointed, know that “this too shall pass.” Few endured as a prophet who wa...
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How Do You Cope with a Parent’s Divorce?

By Aaron K. Before I was born my parents had a beautiful, exciting marriage. They were a young family with the American dream gleaming in their eyes, ready to embark on life’s journey, hand in hand together; they were prepared to face the joys of life as well as the unknown, and possibly frightening, aspects of the future. A few years before I was born, my stalwart father had experiences which brought him severe bouts of depression. Unfortunately, this wasn’t a week, a month, or even a year ...
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Why Get Married?

By Mallory W. …If you’ll likely get divorced anyway. That is what many statistics show, right?  We often see friends and family members marry seemingly happily, only to have that marriage end in sadness, heartache, and often times bitterness. When there is so much at stake to potentially lose, what do we gain by getting married?  My decision to get married on December 22, 2006 was the second best decision I have ever made. The best decision I have ever made was to get a divorce on March 29, 20...
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