One of the many myths of our culture is that divorce automatically rescues children from an unhappy marriage . . . However, when one looks at the thousands of children that my colleagues and I have interviewed at our center since 1980, most of whom were from moderately unhappy marriages that ended in divorce, one message is clear: the children do not say they are happier. Rather, they say flatly, “The day my parents divorced is the day my childhood ended.” (Source: Judith Wallerstein, Julia Lewis and Sandra Blakeslee, The Unexpected Legacy of Divorce, New York: Hyperion, 2000, 26.
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