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Divorce often the best outcome for children of angry marriages

Most Americans, including those in Missouri, no longer consider divorce to be a touchy topic. In many cases, divorces end amicably; in others, only lengthy court battles can resolve all of the issues that need to be addressed. One reason some people avoid divorce is out of fear their children will suffer. They may believe they should stay together for the sake of the kids even though their marriages are beyond repair. Increasingly, however, those who work with children think that parents who stay together primarily for their kids sometimes actually end up hurting them.

Except for the very youngest, most children understand the basics of what their parents are dealing with. If their parents are not creating a harmonious environment, then it is usually better if they split. Furthermore, more and more researchers are coming to the conclusion that broken homes do not produce broken children. Divorce, in fact, can have many benefits. It can cut down on the tension, anger and hostility when parents continuously argue. By divorcing, both spouses can find relative peace by living apart from one another.

When it comes to child custody, parents can choose from a couple of options. If their work schedules are flexible and they are available and willing to accept the responsibility of daily care, they can share custody. If, however, the strain would be too great on one parent or he or she presents some sort of threat to the children, then sole custody may provide the best option. Divorce itself allows parents to reach agreement on a parenting plan or a judge can create one for them that addresses the best interests of their children.

In the end, children may benefit most from a divorce. Attorneys who handle child custody cases usually can provide the best advice.

Source: Yahoo.com, "3 Reasons divorce may not be so bad for your kids," Lambeth Hochwald, Jan. 10, 2015

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