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I'm a believer in a third "option".
That is staying for the child, but choosing not to fight and treating each other kindly in spite of differences that make the marriage impossible to hold together long term.
I am a HUGE believer in the theory that a marriage =/relationship that is bad for the parents is bad for the child. No matter how much you can "fake" being happy, I really think (and as a child of divorced parents) that children can absorb the tension that exists between parents who aren't happy together.
It is difficult, but how do you model a strong, healthy relationship for your child(ren) if you aren't happy. Ultimately, and I know that many situations are very complex, I believe that it is better for partners who are unhappy together to separate. Unhappily married parents can be far more difficult for a child than happily separated parents.
Mama to Maia (12/04), Nora (9/09), Sam (8/12) and Step-mama to Aidan (3/02) and Luci (10/04).
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