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Divorce is not the uncommon taboo it once was

Attitudes toward divorce have shifted in the United States, and it has left some people wondering exactly how to approach the topic.

For instance, one woman who remembers growing up in the 1980s and the 1990s said that at the time, she felt like divorce was something that no one ever talked about openly as it was viewed as something of a taboo. People felt like they had failed in life if they split up, and so they just did not broach the topic.

Today, when facing her own divorce, she realized that she knew many people who had also been through it. With the high divorce rate over the last few decades, it has become more common and more accepted.

However, she still struggled with knowing exactly how to talk about it because she could not shake those feelings from her childhood. To help, she told herself to think about all the positive things that had happened and the successes she'd had -- having a child, raising that child in a healthy home, etc. Even with her divorce, she always put her child first, and she eventually said: "At the end of the day, I give myself an 'A' for a new attitude and a new happy life."

This story not only shows the changing attitudes toward divorce, but it also shows why the courts care so much about the child's best interests. Kids have to come first. Every time. If you are headed toward divorce, make sure you know how the legal process works and what you can do to make things work for your children.

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