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Could divorce actually be better for your children?

| Apr 26, 2021 | Divorce, Annulment And Separation

When you’re a parent, the prospect of a divorce can be complicated. You worry how it will affect a lot of different things, including your children’s happiness.

Before you decide that staying married until the children are out of the home is the right thing to do, you may want to consider the possibility that your children could actually benefit from your divorce in numerous ways.

Here’s how your divorce could improve your children’s lives

Kids thrive best when their parents are thriving. Here are four reasons why it may be best to end your marriage:

  1. To be a happier parent: It is far easier to be a great parent when you are a happy person. If your marriage is emotionally exhausting, you may not have enough energy left over to focus on your own needs or the needs of your children.
  2. To improve your kids’ financial prospects: If your partner spends all the money on drugs or gambling, providing for your children will be tough. Leaving would allow you to take control of the finances and ensure your children have enough.
  3. To create a safe environment for your children: A house full of arguments, abuse or manipulation does not benefit your kids. It does not help you either. Kids who grow up in abusive homes can have issues for the rest of their life. They may be more likely to become violent themselves when they are adults.
  4. To set a good example for your kids: Children inherit certain behaviors and mindsets from their parents. If your daughter grows up seeing you as subservient to your husband, she may think that is normal. If your son grows up in a household where dad never lifts a finger to help, he may grow to believe cooking and cleaning are women’s work.

If you decide that divorce is the right choice, an attorney can inform you of your options, including mediation and litigation.