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Pros and cons of staying together for the children

| Nov 14, 2017 | Divorce |

Some Arizona parents who are considering divorce might wonder whether they should stay together for the sake of their children. There are a number of factors to take into account in making this decision.

Postponing divorce may be the right idea if there are compelling financial or other reasons to stay married. There may be more benefits to staying together than splitting up. Couples may also be cognizant of the effect divorce can have on their children including the likelihood that they will later divorce as well. Couples may also still be working on the marriage. This can take a great deal of time, but it is best to be certain before moving ahead with divorce. However, if a person makes the decision to stay in the marriage, it is important to be realistic about the sacrifices.

There are also equally compelling reasons, such as abuse, for getting a divorce. Couples who cannot get along or cannot hide how bad the marriage is from the children may also want to consider ending it. In these kinds of circumstances, staying together may do more harm than good. The two people may also simply find that they are happier apart. A conflict-laden atmosphere can be more stressful for children than a divorce.

Once a couple does decide to move ahead with a decision to divorce, there are many other decisions to make. Among these are asset division and child custody. Parents who are concerned about the effect of the divorce on their children may be able to minimize its negative effects during and after the process by cooperating with the other parent. A thorough agreement with a framework for conflict resolution may be a useful tool for co-parenting after the divorce.

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