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A bad Marriage may Potentially harm Children more than Divorce

On behalf of The Law Offices of Cindy D. Sackrin posted in Child Custody on Friday, March 7, 2014.

Divorce and child custody considerations may sometimes seem overwhelming, but the legal process is designed to help families through these difficulties.

Divorce is rarely viewed with fondness in our society, as it may mean that a family is no longer living under one roof and child custody issue will arise. Sometimes, however, one expert argues, remaining in a dysfunctional marriage and family situation can be detrimental to children, as well. The behavior patterns children see modeled in relationships between parents may become the patterns the children adopt for love and relationships in their own lives. The toxic situation will take its toll on everyone in the family, including parents and children. While divorce may bring up concerns related to child custody and other issues, it may be helpful to better understand those issues when considering embarking on that path.

Many parents facing divorce may fear child custody disputes, parenting time issues, parental relocation issues and visitation disagreements. While intense emotions often are involved in every step of the process, it is important to remain focused on the best interests of the child. Courts focus on the best interests of the child when making many divorce-related decisions that involve children.

Parents sometimes may be able to reach child custody determinations themselves. If the parents are unable to agree, the court will help resolve a child custody dispute based on the best interests of the children. There are different types of child custody arrangements that may best meet the needs of the individual family, including joint custody and sole custody arrangements. In either instance, parents can share legal custody, which means that they will share the right to make decisions related to the child's education, religion, health care and any other important considerations.

During what can be an emotional process, parents should remain focused on the relationship with the children and what is in their best interests. A trained family law attorney can help guide a parent through the process to help the parent better understand what to expect.

Source: The Huffington Post, "3 Ways Your Unhappy Marriage May Be Hurting Your Kids," Nancy Pina, Mar. 1, 2014

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