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Family law advocates weigh postponing divorce for the children

The consequences of divorce are far-reaching, and many struggling parents question whether it will be the best decision for their families. Of course, there is no cookie-cutter answer, and what is right for one couple may be devastating to another. Family law experts say that while some couples may wonder if staying together is better for the sake of the children, others may find that just the opposite is true.

For example, a West Virginia couple who is going through a difficult time but has hopes of rebuilding their relationship may not want to put their children through the trauma of a divorce. Additionally, parents who are able to make a sacrifice to stay together may also find that other advantages, such as combined income or health care benefits, make staying together a better option. However, these factors may not be enough to warrant remaining in a toxic marriage.

A parent whose spouse is abusive does no good to the children by staying in a dangerous situation. Children in violent homes tend to perpetrate violence. However, even if one's spouse is not abusive, children who are exposed to constant turmoil may gain very little. Staying in a miserable marriage will not fool many children, and they may be negatively affected by the unhappiness and disharmony between their parents.

Whether a West Virginia parent has already determined it is best to end the marriage or is still discerning the best path, it often helps to get solid advice from an experienced family law professional. Seeking counsel from an attorney will help a parent understand the process of divorce and the outcomes to expect. Having this information may allow a parent to make a more educated and appropriate decision.

Source: The Huffington Post, "Should You Put Off Divorce for the Sake of the Children?", Vikki Ziegler, Nov. 11, 2017

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