Although the U.S. divorce rate has been steadily declining for the past three decades, it's still a common occurrence among modern times.

Here's a list from Web MD of the top 5 mistakes divorced parents make:

1.  Making your child the messenger.  Having your child negotiate on you and your ex's behalf puts unnecessary stress on the child. Opt for child related conversations with your ex on the phone or via email instead.

2.  Making your child your therapist.  Badmouthing your ex in front of your kids makes them feel bad.  If you need to vent, which you probably do, enlist a licensed therapist, or good friend.

3.  Pretending to "get" your kid.  Allow your children to feel how they feel.  Focus on their feelings and always listen.  Click here on for the other two mistakes divorced parents make.

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