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Is avoiding divorce in the best interests of the children?

The marriages of many parents in Texas have deteriorated to states in which the parents find that they are only staying together for the sake of their children. Some parents who have learned from experience suggest that staying in unhappy circumstances does more harm than good to children. They believe that parents in unhappy relationships should consider divorce for the sake of their children.

Too many people think that saving arguments for when the kids are asleep can save them the trauma of seeing their parents fighting. However, it is not only spoken words that can affect children negatively but also the antagonistic undertones that create unhappy atmospheres. Even toddlers can see through the masked happiness of parents in unraveling marriages.

In many cases, children are unable to process what they observe and blame themselves for the unhappiness of their parents. Happy childhoods are some of the most precious memories of many, and staying together in an unhappy marriage can deny children those memories. Times have changed and being a child of divorced parents need not jeopardize any child's loving relationships with both parents.

Some suggest that post-divorce parent-child relationships can be even stronger than trying to pretend in an unhappy marriage. Texas parents who are considering divorce may want to consult with experienced family law attorneys who can explain various options, such as mediation, collaboration and litigation. The bests interests of the children are what it is all about, and, in some cases, divorce may be in their best interests.

Source:, "Why It's Time to Divorce For the Kids' Sake", Laura Lifshitz, Feb. 18, 2016

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2441 High Timbers Drive Suite 110
The Woodlands, TX 77380

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