The Plain Truth about Marriage and Divorce
When two people are in love, all that seems to occupy their thoughts is the desire to share the rest of
their lives together. This romantic notion often leads to the altar, and eventually to having children.
Marriage is traditionally considered a bond bound in heaven, a contract between two people who
commit to stay together “...through thick and thin, through sickness and in health.”
Having their own family becomes the next greatest blessing that may even be seen as more
joyous than the actual wedding. As a family, they share life together, with all it joys, sorrows, and
everything in between. The enjoyment of each other's company becomes the hallmark of their family.
But due to unfortunate events, some marriages do not last forever. Some fairy tales do not end with
“happily ever after.” It is a fact that many couples do have differences that later turn out to be
irreconcilable. Rather than endlessly be stuck in marital discord, some feuding couples see separation,
annulment, or divorce as the only solution to end their fractured relationship. Many marriages end up
in divorce because when two people get married, they do so without thinking of the enormous
responsibilities and challenges that come with the marital contract. The sheer number of drive-in
marriage booths in Las Vegas clearly point out the rather low regard people place in the institution of
marriage. How would you like an Elvis impersonator officiate in exchanging your vows? Many people
actually got married that way in Vegas. Britney Spears married her old friend from school, and after less
than forty eight hours, she got divorced. Other reasons for the high number of separation and divorce
include cases of adultery or some kind of abuse.
Naturally, separation and divorce brings untold anxiety not only upon the marriage partners, but
often, more so on the children. Having a divorce can be both unpredictable and scary, for completing
this whole process means the destruction of the whole foundation of the family ---not to mention the
staggering costs of alimony and child support. Anxiety is present in divorce discussions, since the
couples are not in good terms. A marital crisis is a family tragedy that would require years of emotional
healing, if only to regain the self-esteem and stability of every person in the family. Perhaps even more
that the two involved in the marriage, the ones who need emotional healing the most are the children.
Children are the least prepared to face serious emotional and psychological trauma. Parents with
divorced parents are almost stricken with anxiety. The stress is often seen in their poor performance in
school and melancholic behavior at home. With low self-esteem, many teenagers from broken homes
resort to drugs and join gangs to find a “substitute” home or family. In any case, emotional healing is
crucial if children are to be prepared or rehabilitated from the emotional scars that were brought about
by their parents' failed marriage. While keeping the marriage partnership intact may be the ideal,
sometimes the avenue of divorce is taken by couples to prevent their children from becoming “collateral
damage” in a situation where parents are constantly fighting.