Divorce Is A Fire Exit Essay

1151 Words Nov 29th, 2016 5 Pages
When a couple ties the knot, they vow to love each other until death tears them apart, but in America, “researchers estimate that up to 50% of all first marriages end in divorce or permanent separation” (Hawkins and Fackrell 41). Divorce was once considered taboo and not many people got divorced because of the stigma attached to it, but today it has become more common. In many marriages, divorce may seem like the best solution for the parents, but as for the children, that is certainly not the case. Mehmet Murat ildan, a Turkish playwright and novelist, once said, “Divorce is a fire exit. When a house is burning, it doesn’t matter who set the fire. If there is no fire exit, everyone in the house will be burned” (Seltzer). However, if a burning house is equipped with a fire exit, it is still not guaranteed that everyone will emerge from the house completely unscathed. Using Mehmet Murat ildan’s analogy, even if the parents feel comfortable and happy with their decision to separate, divorce often has a long-lasting impact on their children’s well-being and can set them up for a life of emotional instability. The article “The Impact of Family Structure on the Health of Children” shows that divorce has been proven to “diminish a child’s future competence in all areas of life, including relationships, education, and future earning power” (Anderson). Although some people argue that children quickly come to terms with their parents’ split, divorce has harmful short-term and…

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