Although there are certain instances or circumstances (such as addiction or violent behavior) which prevent the avoidance of a divorce, such a traumatic experience would seem like something one would like to steer clear from if one was given the option to do so. Even less severe but still unacceptably wayward marriages can be sources of emotional trouble and trauma. Still, divorce can provide some alleviation of stress and pain, which is why one therapist came up with something she refers to as a Parenting Marriage, which is a nontraditional marriage which involves the restructuring of the concept of a marriage to better accommodate couples in the modern world who have children. It is best for relationships in which a couple has children but lacks romantic or loving inclinations or feelings toward their partner. It is not a universal solution for all couples, but it can definitely be an option worth considering.
- There are many new variations on marriage, such as short-term trial Beta Marriages and distant LAT marriages.
- Parenting Marriage is one where the romance may be gone, but the partners have a good enough relationship to stay together to raise the kids.
- If the relationship is acrimonious or tension-filled, Parenting Marriage won’t work.
“In some cases, those of you who have experienced a betrayal may be able to practice a Parenting Marriage as well, in order to take a time out so-to-speak and decide where to go from there.”