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Military divorces: somewhere between ugly and picture-perfect

Married couples go through countless events that put strain on their marriage. Sometimes this strain makes a relationship stronger; other times it pushes two people past their breaking points. 

Military couples are no stranger to this dynamic. Over time, military families struggle with the challenges of separation, fear and loneliness; it can feel like hardly a week or month goes by without something causing stress and anxiety. Understandably, many couples ultimately decide to end a marriage rather than continue with these battles.

In these situations, it can be easy to expect that the divorce will be as difficult and ugly as a marriage may have gotten. However, this does not have to be the case if both spouses are willing to work together in some capacity and prioritize the well-being of the children involved.

One divorced couple serves as an example of this dynamic. Their story went viral after the mother posted a family portrait online. The photo showed the mother, the father and son together, despite the fact that the parents are divorced.

According to reports, the mother booked a portrait session for her and the son and invited the father, who currently serves in the military. The father accepted, stating that it would be a great idea. They parents agreed that the family photo shows that the three are connected forever, despite the divorce, and sets a good example for their son.

This story, and others like it, highlights the fact that in some cases, parents end the marriage without ending the family.

Most divorces will fall somewhere between exceedingly amicable and painfully contentious. While you may not be prepared to stand by your ex in a family portrait every year, you will hopefully be able to get through custody exchanges and other interactions without too much stress.

It may not happen right away, but with some time, support and a parenting plan that allows for collaboration, parents can recover from a divorce and find a way to work together for the benefit of their child.

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