Making the decision to divorce is usually not easy. Between splitting assets and property, creating a child custody arrangement and figuring out post-divorce living situation, there are a whole host of impactful decisions that need to be made in the process. Although the decision to divorce should be carefully considered, it may also be the best option for some Colorado families.
Oftentimes, couples will stay married simply for their kids. It's certainly helpful to be considerate of children when making important family-related decisions, but staying in an unhappy marriage may not be healthy for anyone in the family, particularly the kids.
Even at a very young age, children are sensitive to what is going on around them. Of course, children may not know exactly what is going on between their parents at an especially young age, but they can tell when their parents aren't happy. When their parents aren't getting along, children can grow up feeling anxious and stressed. This kind of predicament may not be emotionally healthy for anyone in the family.
If parents decide to get divorced, they will probably have to negotiate a child custody settlement. Family law, in general, is designed to help minimize the impact of divorce on all parties, which is exactly why custody arrangements are made by considering the child's best interests. At times, individuals may not agree exactly what kind of arrangements will uphold this ideal, but an experienced family law attorney can help a concerned parent through the process.
Divorce requires everyone in the family to make changes. This transition may not always be easy, but if spouses make an effort to minimize incivility and cooperate, there is a better chance they can do what's best for their families.
Source: The Huffington Post, "Divorce Or Stay? Parents Must Put Kids First Either Way," Rosalind Sedacca, April 3, 2013
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