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Religion may be a sensitive topic of divorce

When parents decide to go through a divorce, they might be having a difficult time understanding how their marriage came to an end. They might look at the differences in beliefs between them and their soon-to-be ex-spouse and wonder if that contributed to their marriage ending. Children of parents, who are religious, might also look at their own belief and question their religion and its role in their parent's marriage.

According to a new study, religious parents who go through a divorce are more likely to have children who turn away from their religion later in life. The report found that children whose parents are religious and divorced were twice as likely to leave the church as other children. This can be especially difficult for both parents and children. If religion is important to a family, they might be wise to speak with an experienced divorce attorney who understands the sensitivity involved in divorce. They might also want to speak with family therapists and religious councilors who can help families.

Sometimes people who go through divorce call into question many different aspects of their lives. Having a solid support group for both the couple going through the divorce and for their children can help work through the emotional aspects of divorce.

It is important that during a divorce both parents understand the effects the divorce might have on their children, and that the parents work with their children to understand why changes are taking place. An experienced attorney can work to make the legal process as smooth as possible so families can focus on being there for each other.

Source: U.S. News and World Report, "Study: Religious Parents' Divorce May Cause Children to Leave the Church," Jason Koebler, March 5, 2013

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