Recent research proves that toddlers whose parents divorce have worse long-term emotional outcomes than kids whose parents split later in life. The specific issue has to do with their ability to build and maintain a trusting relationship with you, which is reason enough to tread carefully if you’re staring down the barrel of a divorce. But there’s evidence it can affect their ability to establish bonds of trust with others, as well. That’s not to say that you should avoid divorce if it’s the only option for you and your partner; it’s just a reminder of the most important fault line that split will create. And if that all sounds a bit obvious, that’s good. It means you’re listening.