IN DEFENSE OF SPLITTING UP

THE GROWING ANTIDIVORCE MOVEMENT IS BLIND TO THE COSTS OF BAD MARRIAGES

NO ONE SEEMS MUCH CONCERNED ABOUT CHILDREN when the subject is welfare or Medicaid cuts, but mention divorce, and tears flow for their tender psyches. Legislators in half a dozen states are planning to restrict divorce on the grounds that it may cause teen suicide, an inability to "form lasting attachments" and possibly also the piercing of nipples and noses.

But if divorce itself hasn't reduced America's youth to emotional cripples, then the efforts to restrict it undoubtedly will. First, there's the effect all this antidivorce rhetoric is bound to have on the children of people already divorced--and we're not talking...

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