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You wrote, The children are not necessarily better off in "families" that stayed together for the children. The studies of children from "bad" marriages (and not abusive/dangerous households) doesn't show that the parents staying together was a resounding success. Most of the children wished their parents had divorced rather than been raised in a very stressful home.

My kids certainly thought my XSO and I should have separated and divorced sooner. They're both in their mid-20's now, so I don't think they're saying that just out of bitterness. I'm also willing to admit it was a mistake in our case.

But it might not be in every case - I think you have to take into account the dynamics within the family before making that decision. And making the right decision while you're living it can be very difficult.

- Joel
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