In many states, including here in Illinois, there is a growing consensus that kids often do better after divorce if they can maintain frequent contact with both parents. Sometimes, this means awarding joint custody. Sometimes, it means giving the non-custodial parent significant visitation rights.
Unfortunately, divorce is just as much a reality in society as is marriage. Divorce is never pretty; however, divorce is sometimes even uglier when there are children involved. While the parents undoubtedly have their disagreements, they can agree that they both love their children.