If you and your significant other are planning to part ways and you have a child or children together, it is extremely important to insulate your child(ren) from your disputes. We all want our children to end up in a happy and healthy relationship someday, and we certainly do not want them to think it’s “normal” for them to dislike their significant other. Therefore, you are urged to set an example for your children when separating from your significant other.
When parents decided to go their separate ways, the most pressing concern is typically the custody agreement over their children. This issue is typically the most emotional issue in a divorce or breakup. Each parent would typically be represented by different attorneys, but the children are usually not represented in the vast majority of cases. As such, it is incumbent upon both parents and their respective attorneys to safeguard the best interests of the children as much as possible, even if that means putting the children’s interests before their own. If both parties agree that the children’s interests are paramount, an amicable resolution of any issues involving the children will be established.
While we do not advocate that the parties in an unhappy relationship should “stay together for the kids”, it is important that both parents do not disclose negative feelings about one another to their children. Additionally, the parents in such circumstances should not hesitate to have the children participate in counseling to make sure the children remain emotionally healthy during the dissolution of their parents’ relationship.
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