Separation, Divorce, and Remarriage
Craig A. Everett Steve E. Livingston
Lee Duke Bowen
Arizona Institute for Family
Florida Department of
Mercer University School of Medicine
TRUTH OR FICTION?
1. The divorce rate for second marriages is higher than for first marriages. 2. Divorce is a systemic process that has distinct and predictable stages for most couples and families. 3. The pre-divorce phase is a time of reorganization for couples and families. 4. The spouse being left in a divorce usually feels a sense of relief 5. Children experiencing divorce commonly struggle with feeling guilty or responsible for their parents' divorce. 6. Retaining control in the decision-making process is a primary advantage of using divorce mediation. 7. Utilizing the adversarial divorce process increases cooperative co-parenting after the divorce. 8. Divorce education programs consist of information and skill-building programs. 9. Sustained reliance on the use of fantasy to solve marital dissatisfaction is helpful, 10. Physical separation is the least dramatic part of the divorce process. 11. Pseudo-reconciliation is an effective therapeutic technique. 12. Some separated couples consider reconciliation in their marriage in reaction to entering the legal process of divorce. 13. The entrance of a remarried partner can create an imbalance in the system. 14. Parents are responsible for the well-being of children throughout the divorce process. 15. Partners who experience increased ambivalence never experience feel ings of anger toward one's partner.