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Children of Divorce More Likely to Divorce

Children of Divorce Face Prejudice When Dating

I'd say adult children of divorce are more likely to have stable marriages because they know what can go wrong, but statistics do not agree. People with divorced parents are more likely to see their own marriages dissolve than those with married parents, and that's given them a bad rap in the dating world.

Elizabeth Marquardt, author of Between Two Worlds: The Inner Lives of Children of Divorce, dug up some ugly comments from spouse shoppers. "When I go out with a woman I can always tell on the first date if she's from a divorced family," one man said. "The women from divorced families are over-anxious, eager to please. They're exhausting."

That's pretty extreme, and I've never heard anything of the sort. But I do wonder, how bad is it? Even if it's not a dealbreaker, have you judged anyone? Has anyone judged you?

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teperry3 teperry3 6 years
I do not think that it is anything to be held against the person.. It was a choice that their parents made. I do however believe and have seen first hand how it has effected the relationships of my ex and his siblings (who are from his dads first marriage). It has and will continue to affect their marriages and future marriages.
Sundown321 Sundown321 6 years
I used to wonder if it was something I needed to worry about with guys, I never held it against anyone though. Then my parents got divorced. Since, I have been terrified that it's something I will be judged for. I think the last guy I dated held it against me. I found out that he told one of his friends that he thinks I'm funny, smart, fun to hang out with, and pretty... but he doesn't see me as being a serious girlfriend, and the friend and I assumed that was why. My sisters and I have always worried about this being something we're judged for and I now tell guys "we can't control our family's past, but we can control our family's future".
GTCB GTCB 6 years
My best friend's parents divorced a long time ago, in the mid-80's (his Dad has since passed away). He married his wife, whose parents also divorced a long time ago. I found it slightly ironic at their wedding when the couple and the four parents posed for photos. Not the greatest of omens. My parents are still together after 38 years BTW. My wife's are still together after 41 years. And this summer everyone got together for my Dad's parent's 65th anniversary.
tlsgirl tlsgirl 6 years
I've never been judged for it and would never judge anyone else for it. There are so many people whose parents are divorced that I can't believe this is actually still a stigma.
postmodernsleaze postmodernsleaze 6 years
I know way more people of divorced families than I do parents who stayed married. I figured it was all so common nowadays, I never even think about it. I've never had anyone act weird to me because my parents divorced. I've never treated anyone else differently for it, either. I don't know. Divorce is just so common these days, I'm really surprised to be reading that this is even an issue in the dating world.
danakscully64 danakscully64 6 years
My ex's parents were divorced and his Dad died when he was a young teen. I truly believe it affected our relationship, but I would never have held his parents divorce against him. I would say that many people who came from divorced parents are less likely to want to commit to marriage themselves, in fear of repeating the cycle.
Natalie-Love Natalie-Love 6 years
I've only ever had two serious boyfriends, and both of them were from divorced families. I never judged or felt that had made any difference in our relationships! That is the dumbest shit I ever heard, pardon my language. I would only ever judge a person on life choices THEY made.
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