When to stay married to help a child

Florida residents may feel as if ending their marriage is in their best interest. However, they may be conflicted as to whether it is in the best interest of their children. While there may be long-term impacts on a child after a divorce, there may also be long-term impacts on a child who grows up in an unstable home. Typically, it is never a good idea to stay in a relationship if abuse occurs.

Abuse could take the form of physical violence or the form of emotional manipulation. It may also be a good idea to get out of a marriage if even the kids can plainly see that there are issues between parents. It may be worth staying in a relationship if a couple is willing to learn about the root causes of their discontent. Doing so may make it possible to work through those issues and create a stronger marriage.

In some cases, it may be worth staying for the sake of the children. Children of divorced parents may be at a higher risk for emotional issues as well as at a higher risk of getting divorced themselves later in life. Parents who believe that their children's future is more important than their current happiness may benefit by staying until the kids are older.

In many cases, both parents will have access to their children after a divorce regardless of how they feel about each other. An attorney may be able to help an individual obtain custody or other parental rights as part of a post-divorce parenting arrangement. Legal counsel can also review an agreement reached during a mediation session outside of court.

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