Hi ladies, I am in the most confusing state of mind while going through a bad mariiage. I am a mother of 2 & 1/2 yrs old & married for 8 yrs. I have 2 bad situattions & have to select any one out of those.( may be the one that is "less bad") 1) either live with an abusive husband & call it a complete family ...so that my child gets love from both the parents (but also gets exposure to his domestic violence/ verbal abusement/ breaking of glassware, furniture etc) and no damage to my parents reputation in India OR 2) get divorced & start breathing again/ get liberty to take my own decisions........but face all the challenges of single parenthood/ give an incomplete family to my child? please help me in my last stage of decision making.these questions come to my mind 100 times in a day. I would appreciate if other single moms can throw some light on my following confusions. 1) Is the life very challenging when you handle it single handedly? 2) Do the children of single parent develop differently from kids of complete family? 3) Do people look at the single mom differently?in USA or in India? 4) Is it posible to file for your divorce on your own without hiring a lawyer? I am planning to take intial advice from a lawyer but want to file on my own. 5) How do you handle questions asked by your child about your ex? Thanks in advance.