In the current decade, 25% of marriages in this country end in legal divorce. Two of every three divorces involve offspring, thus affecting more than half a million children. Some 300,000 desertions and 250,000 illegitimate births annually add to these statistics. One of every four minor children lives in a broken home. The problem looms ominously large.
Edited by Rabbi Earl A. Grollman, who has also contributed a prologue and the most poetic chapter in the book, this brief volume fulfills a distinct need, although somewhat imperfectly. Contributors from all relevant ranks have written thoughtful, often moving essays. All emphasize preference for secure, one-parent households over striferidden, overwrought homes with two parents. Fewer disturbed children, less juvenile delinquency, and greater emotional security occur in the former milieu. Divorce is better than a hate-ridden, quarrel-filled marriage. However, if at all possible, divorce even though ultimately inevitable, should be postponed until the