Staying Together for the Kids: 11 Women Defend Their Decision

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I was having coffee with a friend, let's call her "M.," when she shared that she and her husband had hit a rough patch. She revealed that she was unhappy but that she didn't think divorce was a possibility -- largely because they have two small children. 

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The idea of staying together for the kids sounds like something from the 1950s. But after talking to 11 women who considered divorce and decided to put the kids first, I've come to realize that more women than I'd expect prioritize keeping their family intact over leaving an unhappy marriage. 

Read on for the candid, and anonymous, truth about how having kids makes the divorce decision more complicated. I guarantee you'll find yourself thinking about when or if you'd ever make the decision to walk away. 

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