Dave recommended divorce. He said something to the effect of "ask any family therapist with any brains. They will tell you that staying together for the kids is a bad idea." Really? For what it's worth, I am a licensed and board certfied psychologist who is also a Christian. I also have a master's degree in counseling, where my primary focus was on marriage and family therapy. I briefly did research in the area of paternal absence and my results were pretty clear that separation isn't good for the child. Specifically, we found a link to childhood aggression.
Other research briefly described here demonstrates that children from divorced families are:
- more likely to suffer academically
- more likely to have legal problems
- more likely to live in poverty
- more likely to abuse drugs and alcohol
More importantly, what does the Bible say?
Malachi 2:16 (NIV): "I hate divorce," says the LORD God of Israel"