Divorce has a dramatic impact on the lives of children. But how does it affect a person’s approach to marriage as an adult? Jen Abbas and Elizabeth Marquardt, both adult children of divorce, talk about the emotional reality of divorce for children, and how their parents’ divorce affected their thoughts about marriage and family.
Elizabeth Marquardt is the director of the Center for Marriage and Families at the Institute for American Values, a nonpartisan think tank focused on children, families, and civil society. Her essays and op-ed pieces have appeared in the New York Times, Washington Post, Chicago Tribune, and elsewhere. She lives in Chicago with her husband and two children.
Jen Abbas is an adult child of divorce who has dedicated herself to discovering how children of divorce can change the patterns of their past.