Re: The impact of infidelity on the children
I wouldn't be surprised if divorce from infidelity is much harder on kids than divorce for other reasons. If the divorce is because the parents aren't getting along anymore, the kid can externalize it as something like "They aren't getting along, but I didn't do anything wrong and they still love me." But with infidelity, the kid may feel like they were somehow responsible. Since the parent picked another person, the kid may think that their family wasn't good enough. They may think that if they were a better kid or loved the parent more, then the parent would have been happier and would not have picked someone else. Essentially, it's like the parent is being unfaithful to the kids as well as the spouse. And that's not even considering how contentious and acrimonious the parents relationship becomes after infidelity. Its just a bad situation piled on top of another bad situation.