Is divorce always a bad thing?
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It's no secret that the divorce rate in the U.S. is soaring. I'm just 36 years old, and I know countless people my age who already have gotten married and divorced.

While the statistics provoke alarm in the minds of many—from academics to politicians to religious leaders—I actually find that the concept of divorce can be quite liberating, especially if it can be done amicably.

My parents divorced when I was 7 years old. Though it was a very difficult thing to go through as a child, I believe that—in retrospect—my parents' divorce was the best thing that ever happened to me.