I'm trying to help a friend, who is divorced.
Very good questions...as a Mom AND a "Step" Mom..I have experience on both sides. And neither is always easy. I have been divorced for 7 years, my children are now 16 and 11. I have been a "Step" Mom for almost a year to two boys...9 and 8. Our 8 year old is also Autistic, which in itself, is a challenge.
I can kind of understand this. My ex was the one who wanted the div--our kids were 7 & 1.