Many years ago, a couple in their eighties came to see me for marriage counseling. I asked them when their problem started and they said sixty years ago.

I asked them why they stayed together.  They remarked, “for the children.”  Their children were now in their sixties.

According to the US Census Bureau, the divorce rate among couples with children is 40 percent lower than couples without children.

So, many people do remain in marriages, some of them unhappy, because of the presence of children.

Jay P. Granat, PhD. is a Psychotherapist,  Author, Licensed Marriage And Family Therapist and The Founder of a referral service and directory for lawyers.