When most people think of divorce, they assume it is the result of something going wrong in a marriage: perhaps one of the spouses had an affair or became abusive, or perhaps the couple just fell out of love. In reality, the reasons for divorce are not always so clear cut.
Every situation is different and it is possible for a happily married couple to come to the conclusion that they need to get a divorce. This is the case described in an article from Today about married parents who may divorce to ensure the best life for their child.
When Divorce Is In A Child's Best Interest
There are many issues tied up in marriage, and one of the most important is health insurance for both spouses, as well as for the children. In the situation addressed in the Today article, the husband has private health insurance as an Army veteran. However, even with this coverage, the family still has to pay a substantial amount of money out of pocket each year to get care for their daughter, who was born with an uncommon genetic disorder. The husband's income level is high enough that the family does not qualify for Medicaid, which would cover the extensive care needed for their daughter.
So the couple is considering a divorce, which would allow the mother to qualify for Medicaid and thus allow the family to obtain their daughter's much-needed care.
There Are Many Reasons For Divorce
While this may seem like an extreme case, there are many reasons why a couple that is happily married may want to get a divorce, from health insurance to relocating for a job. Not every divorce is the result of conflict and there are many complex issues at play. For some couples, divorce is simply the right step to take.