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Ask Joanie: Is Divorce Ever Good for Kids? SWEEPS WINNER ANNOUNCED
January 7, 2013 at 12:34 PM

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The Mad Life Panel tackles a tough question: Is divorce ever good for kids?

We're thrilled that Mad Life's very own Joanie Robach, will be joining us in the group to answer YOUR questions on this important topic, and to share her personal observations and experiences!

Check out the Mad Life episode below, then ask Joanie your questions.  Joanie will be joining us next week to share her answers!  Every member who submits a question in the replies below will be entered to win a $50 Target gift card!

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  • 120177
    by 120177
    January 7, 2013 at 10:23 PM

    My husband left me and my son feb 5 of 2012 and it will be one yr soon. He has connect his son only 6 times. Is there any tips for me to make it easy for my son?? He all ways ask why his dad not here???

  • momofsixangels
    January 7, 2013 at 10:24 PM

    Should you talk about the divorce with the children?

  • momofsixangels
    January 7, 2013 at 10:25 PM

    If the man gets custody of the children should the woman pay child support?

  • happymommy1105
    January 7, 2013 at 10:36 PM
    What is the best way, not that there is one, to break the news to the kids about a divorce? is there a better time to break the news?
  • sparky1006
    January 7, 2013 at 10:52 PM

    Well years ago I was a child and my parents divorced'.

    But now divorce seems different when my parents split.

    God love them they are both deseased.

    my question is( how do you know which parent should be the one who takes the female child?)

    I had 3 other sisters,they were all older than I was.My 3 older sisters picked to go with my father. I talked to the judge and I wanted ,to go to.But since I was 8 I was told I had to go with my mother,I wanted so badly to be able to go with my sisters.I didn't do drugs,or lash out or turn to a mean child.I thank god that I turned out the way I did.Eventually Idid when I got older go to live with my father.And I'm glad I had the chance to do so

  • rleer4
    by rleer4
    January 7, 2013 at 10:59 PM

    How do you insure kids feel loved during a divorce?

  • MommaNuney
    January 7, 2013 at 11:00 PM
    How do you cope/handle a situation where STBX has introduced gf after only one month after I filed for divorce and DD8 has expressed her "hatred" of it? This is a hard one for me to even tackle.
  • louannwilkins
    January 7, 2013 at 11:07 PM

    I have a question.  If there is physical abuse and substance abuse and the divorce proceedings counseling enough for the kids?  Do you think there's anything else that can help as well?  Thanks

  • Juniper53098
    January 7, 2013 at 11:19 PM

    I believe that marriage is "till death do us part", unless there is abuse or adultery.  In the case of abuse, divorce, of COURSE, is best for the kids.

    What kind of child placement plan do you think is best for kids, when both parents are "good parents"?

  • Heather2001
    January 8, 2013 at 12:29 AM

    I think divorce can be good for kids if the marriage is abusive or very volatile in nature or there is infidelity.  Otherwise, no.  I'm old-fashioned and believe that most issues can and should be worked out between a couple.

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