Why you should not put off divorce if you have kids

| Nov 20, 2017 | Divorce

One common reason many couples put off a divorce in Clarksville is their family. They may believe they are protecting their kids from the negative aspects of the split. However, the truth is that putting off a divorce and staying in an unhealthy relationship may cause far more damage to children than you realize. 

It is important for you to not give your children the wrong impression about things. Even if you and their other parent are living in separate households, delaying the divorce process can have far-reaching consequences that you may not be prepared to deal with. Here are some reasons why you should consider moving forward with the divorce process instead of a long-term separation. 

Negative effects of conflict 

Toxic and unhealthy relationships are problematic for children, especially if you and their other parent are always arguing and fighting. Your kids could end up feeling like they must choose sides, blame themselves and walk on eggshells to avoid inciting more conflict. The longer you and your spouse refuse to finalize your separation through divorce, the more likely your children will suffer from emotional issues that impact their future relationships and endeavors. 

A false sense of hope 

You may tell yourself every day that your relationship is over. But the longer you remain married, the longer a small portion of you may hold onto hope that your marriage is still viable. Your kids may also develop a false sense of hope that can become harder for them to get over in the future if you continue to draw things out. If you are truly ready to let go and move on, stop procrastinating. 

You do not want to end up regretting your decision to stay married when it is apparent that you and your spouse are both better off apart. If you are not sure if your relationship can be saved or if divorce is right for you, consider speaking to an attorney who can help you get a more realistic view of your situation, so you can take the right steps to resolve it.

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