Marriage, Divorce… and the Children
June 19, 2009
Should You Avoid Divorce For Sake of the Children?
Marriage, Divorce… and the Effect on the Children
People fall in love, get married, have kids, and then… they’re out of love, but they still have the marriage and the kids. You can get a divorce. The marriage can be dissolved so that the legal ties that bind are no longer there to hold unhappy and unwilling partners together. However, your children will always be a connection the two of you will share.
It’s a tricky question of whether to avoid divorce or separation just for the sake of the children, however. Recently on the “Today” show website http://today.msnbc.msn.com a contributor, Dr. Ruth Peters, wrote an article titled “Should you stay together for the kids?” www.msnbc.msn.com/id/13924018/ It’s a good look at the complicated issues that can affect your decision.
Marriage, Divorce… and the Effect on the Rest of the Family
Myself, I think that if you’re unhappy and engaging in an unhealthy relationship, you are teaching your children that it’s ok to be unhappy and to have unhealthy relationships. How you live your life will affect your children more than giving them an occasional talk that includes “Do as I say, not as I do.”
One Good Co-Parenting Link
Every county in Minnesota requires that divorcing parents take a class on co-parenting after divorce. Hennepin County lists its on its website the www.courts.state.mn.us/district/4/?page=647 Divorce Education Requirements page . www.courts.state.mn.us/district/4/?page=647
This education requirement is not about teaching you how to parent: you obviously have figured that out by this point. The class will teach you how to effectively co-parent with someone you are no longer married to, which is far more important than people often anticipate. The class is more than worth the time you will spend in it. My clients often come back and tell me that they wish they could make their former spouse attend the class three more times.
Moore Family Law, P.A.