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Divorce with a good parenting plan is better than a bad marriage

Some California couples remain together for the sake of their children. While many people may believe that a divorce would jeopardize the happiness of their children, the reality may be that staying in an unhappy marriage may do so. It is true that child custody negotiations may be contentious and cause trauma for the whole family. Nevertheless, once all issues are resolved, and a parenting plan is in place, children often benefit significantly after settling into a life with two loving parents in separate homes.

Professionals who are experienced in family matters contend that children who spend their youth in homes where they have to deal with continued disputes, arguments and resentment suffer the consequences for life. Children of all ages pick up on the presence of negative undercurrents, even if there is no physical abuse. A divorce may provide them with two loving homes that are free of tension.

During child custody proceedings in court, the best interests of the children are the primary consideration. In many circumstances, postponing a divorce may not be in the best interests of the children. Children may learn a great deal from parents who recognize the fact that their marriage may destroy any chance of a happy family life, and take assertive action to remedy the situation.

California parents who have been considering divorce for some time may benefit from separately consulting with an experienced family law attorney. A family law lawyer can assess the unique dynamics of each family and explain the available options, such as mediation, to ease the process. Parents may find that two separate happy homes can be created by negotiating and agreeing to a parenting plan that suits all and allows children to be children without having to share the contention of unhappy parents.

Source: The Huffington Post, "Why a Good Divorce Is Better Than a Bad Marriage for Kids", Brette Sember, March 24, 2015

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