Dr. Judith Wallerstein has studied the topic of divorce for more than 20 years. Here are her conclusions. “People want to believe that divorce will relieve all their stresses—back we go to square one and begin our lives anew. But divorce does not wipe the slate clean…Few adults anticipate accurately what lies ahead when they decide to divorce. Life is almost always more arduous and more complicated than they expect.”
I know that if you are in a deeply troubled marriage, you may feel that you have only two options: stay in the marriage and be miserable or divorce and hope for something better. There is a third alternative. It is what I call “reality living.” It is the theme of my book Desperate Marriages.