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Divorce causes some to create new way of parenting

Divorce is a topic that many people in the U.S. find themselves focusing on, both in the media and in their personal lives. A societal focus on divorce has led some people to become parents without tying the knot, even though some experts believe that the social pressures associated with marriage increase the likelihood for a parent to stick around.

This means that child custody and support are likely to become an issue, especially between parents that have been romantically involved and suddenly choose not to be with one another any longer. This happens to many relationships in New Jersey and other states and can leave children confused and in a state of anxiety because they may believe the relationship has ended because of them. In addition, parents that are splitting may choose to vent about their frustrations in front of their children. This can cause a child to feel torn between her or his parents, perhaps resenting them both in the end.

Some people believe that the typical nuclear family, based in love and a connected, romantic relationship, is not adequate and have chose to go a different route: co-parenting. In this form of a family, a person finds another person that is willing to share a child without the romantic link that parents often have. This allows them to focus on raising the child and creating a friendship between one another rather than worrying about what one woman called "the weather patterns of sexual-romantic destabilization."

In her first co-parenting partnership, she was the primary earner and he was the primary caregiver. Both of them had other romantic relationships while maintaining their parenting partnership and being fully and completely committed to their child. This abnormal take on raising a child has spawned several websites where aspiring coparents can search for others to create a family with, without the possibility of marriage or divorce.

Source: Buzz Feed, "Life Partners Who Aren't - And Never Will Be - Lovers," Anna North, Nov. 8, 2012

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