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Does losing a child increase the chances of divorce?

Losing a child is one of the most difficult things a parent can go through. Unless you have been through it, it is almost impossible to explain. Every day in Texas, parents are going through such a loss. For married parents, that loss can have an effect on their marriage. Often, it is negative. According to Still Standing Magazine, statistics say your marriage only has a 20 percent chance of surviving the death of a child.

Greif is difficult. It is different for each person, as well. The process is something very personal. Even if you have a strong marriage, you may feel distance from your partner. You may push him or her away as part of your grieving process. You both may be on edge and have trouble coping with even tiny things that would have normally just been a small bump but now becomefull-blownn arguments.

You may also have disagreements on how to cope with all the things you have to deal with after a child's death, such as what to do with his or her belongings and even what cemetery to use. One of you may want to hold on while other wants to move past the loss. This can cause strain that creates cracks in your once solid relationship.

There is no proper way to grieve or handle your relationship after such a tragic incident. For some couples, it all becomes too much and divorce is the only way to fix things. Others manage to move past the loss and come together to become stronger than ever. There really is no way to ensure anything because the situation is so personal. This information is for education and is not legal advice.

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