Most Ohio parents know that children have a way of bringing people together. When a couple reaches the point where all that's left to agree on is getting a divorce, focusing on their children can help create an atmosphere of cooperation. Collaborative divorce can go a long way toward helping a family recover from a bad marriage.

It is the whole family that suffers from a bad marriage. Parents often hope their children don't see the pain, but children see more than most parents would like. One woman and her ex-husband made a conscious decision when they got divorced to get along for the children. She readily admits that it wasn't easy at first, but over time, it became a relationship that she cherished until the day her ex-husband died.

Moving past the hurt and resentment that naturally comes with the end of a marriage takes time, but it can happen if both parties are willing. The married couple may be getting a divorce, but the parents will always be a family. Most parents want to remain in their children's lives post-divorce, and the best way to do that is to agree to get along in their parenting relationship.

Working toward a collaborative divorce can go a long way to beginning the healing process that needs to take place in order to have that lasting parenting relationship. Ohio couples that want to have an amicable divorce may need to seek the assistance of counsel to make sure that all issues are dealt with, even those the couple may not have considered or forgotten. Having an amicable divorce doesn't need to be difficult, and the results may end a marriage, but save a family.

Source: Huff Post, "Farewell To My Befriended Ex," Judith Ruskay Rabinor Ph.D., Oct. 8, 2012