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End phase one of the partners stops caring and

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- End phase: One of the partners stops caring and detaches emotionally from the other. Apathy and indifference replace loving, intimate feelings. Some couples postpone getting a divorce for at least five years, primarily because they worry about hurting their children, but most seek legal advice to end the marriage. 21. What happens in the emotional divorce (Bohannon) (pg. 432) - There is a beginning, middle, and end phase that occurs within this type of divorce. These phases were already discussed in question #20.
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22. Legal divorce (Bohannon) (pg. 432) - The formal dissolution of a marriage. - Usually not trouble free due to attorneys wanting upper hand concerning marital issues. - Some issues include alimony and child support. - Because spouses often disagree on what’s fair and equitable, they may use money to manipulate each other into making more concession. (I’m willing to pay child support if you agree to sell the house and split the proceeds.) 23. Child support (pg. 432, 442-44) - Monetary payments by the noncustodial parent to the custodial parent to help pay for child rearing expenses. 24. Alimony (pg. 432, 441) - Spousal maintenance - Monetary payments by one’s ex-spouse to the other after a divorce. - 25. Community divorce (pg. 432) - A divorced couple inform friends, family, teachers, and other that they are no longer together. - During this stage, relationships between grandparents and grandchildren often continue, but in law may sever ties. - The partner’s may also make new friends, and typically start dating again. 26. No-fault divorce (ch. 15 pg. 434) - The spouse that is filing for divorce does not have to prove any fault on the part of the other spouse. 27. Effect of faith on divorce rate (ch. 15 pg. 438) - Likelihood of divorce is high if the partners belong to different faiths, if one spouse attends services more often that the other, and if one partner is theologically more conservative. 28. Micro-level reasons for divorce (ch. 15 pg. 438): - Unrealistic Expectations – Fueled by television shows and movies that always has happy endings. - Pre-marital doubts - Financial Problems and Disagreements - Verbal, physical or emotional abuse - Extramarital Affairs - Communication problems - Substance Abuse - Disagreements about how to raise and discipline children 29. Split custody (ch. 15 pg. 441) - The children are divided between the parents either by sex or by choice. 30. How can parents reduce negative effects of divorce on children (ch. 15 pg. 446) - Reassure the children – parents can reassure that they will continue to love and care for them.
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- Encourage open communication – talking about each other’s feelings and not blame the other parent. - Emphasize that the children are not responsible for the problems – the parent is divorcing the other parent and not the child. - Maintaining an ongoing relationship with the children – Be consistent in setting and following household rules and never complain about financial problems, particularly child support. 31. Psychic remarriage stage (ch. 15 pg. 448) - Identity changes from that of a single individual to that of a couple after remarriage 32. Parental stage of remarriage (ch. 15 pg. 448) - Involves developing relationships between a partner and the children of the new spouse.
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