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Parental responsibility: Putting off divorce for kids not wise

Putting off divorce for the kids' sake may not be the wisest move. In exercising parental responsibility, Florida parents have to weigh in on what is in the best interests of their children, and that may be not remaining together as a couple. Putting divorce on hold for the kids' sake may not be what is best for them at all, especially if they're living in a world of animosity, hostility and anger.

No one gets excited about divorce. It's often painful and filled with raw emotions, but staying in a situation that is negative for everyone involved may be worse in the long run. Many parents, especially of younger children, may feel guilty believing they will be tearing the family apart by separating, but experts say staying together for the children will not repair a broken marriage. Many children are, in fact, happier when their parents have ended an unhappy union.

When children are part of a scenario in which their parents are constantly fighting it is likely to impact them negatively. They may begin to have trouble concentrating in school or acting out in ways that are unlike them. The long-term damage of having bickering parents sticking it out for their benefit may far outweigh the short term sadness of their parents' divorce.

When a marriage stops being about love and trust and more about fighting and manipulation, parents may not be thinking about their parental responsibility at all. In these instances, discussing the options with a Florida attorney may be the first course of action for each parent individually. A lawyer will have family law tools available to make the decision moving forward less exasperating.

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