Thursday, June 3, 2010


Children of divorce cases frequently pay a high price for their parents' inappropriate actions. One of the most damaging behaviors parents engage in is something we call "the ambivalent divorce". In these cases the parents go through multiple separations and reconciliations.

The children of these uncertain parents alternate between experiencing their worst nightmare (divorce) and their happiest dream (mom and dad staying together).

The severity of the damage caused by parental indecision seems to surprise some parents.

In one recent case the parents had been indecisive for more than six years. Their teenage son had lived with one parent and then the other during the separations. Sometimes the parents had lived in different states, so he had moved frequently. That had required him to change schools and friends as well as homes numerous times. His life had been one of chaos loss and disappointments. At the age of 15 he was a lonely, sad young man.

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For more information, contact the Family Law Offices of Renee M. Marcelle at (415) 456-4444, or online at

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