By nature, children tend to be selfish and self-absorbed. This is why, more often than not, kids are surprised and thrown off-guard when their parents announce that they have decided to divorce. But even if they see the split coming, adjusting to the changes it brings can be difficult for children of any age.
Despite the common nature of divorce in America, there is still a stubbornly held view among a fringe few that retention of the nuclear family at all costs is preferable to divorce in every instance. In other words, an enduring marriage - even if wrought by conflict and unhappiness - represents a better social outcome than a dissolution that produces more hope and possibility for all family members.