Parenting After Marriages End

John Reiman, April 1999

The divorce may soon be final, but even before the dust has settled, parents will discover that one responsibility hasn’t changed in the slightest: Parents are still accountable for the well-being of their child. Because of the child, both parents are destined to participate in a lifelong relationship. Let us remember, however, that this lifelong relationship does not have to mean a personal relationship. Divorced spouses need not choose to be friendly or even pleasant with each other. They must, however, in the interest of the child, create a safe and businesslike parenting arrangement. If they fail to do so, the consequences for the children (and the adults) may be devastating.

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