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Parenting expert -- divorce can benefit children

People united under the law by marriage sometimes experience challenges in the marriage. A number of marital issues may ruin the relationship, which can lead to divorce. For one, having children may cause the parents to have more stress than they would otherwise have. In fact, it may cause the end of a marriage in some cases.

Houston, Texas, residents may be wary that the divorce process is not only lengthy but is also an emotionally challenging process. Many parents believe that putting the children in the middle may add stress to the process because children may not be able to accept the fact that their parents are splitting up. The situation may be even more difficult if child custody becomes an issue.

Caring for a child in an unhappy marriage is difficult, according to some experts. Some say that this may happen when parents are physically living together but they are emotionally unattached. Children may get confused and blame themselves because their parents are unhappy.

Emotionally, it is understandable that divorce is difficult for everyone involved. However, putting feelings aside may be the best option for the children. Opting for a child-centered divorce, where the well-being of the child is at the top of the priority list, may help. Co-parenting and maintaining a positive relationship with the former spouse can help to establish an amicable divorce.

There are several reasons why a marriage may end in divorce. But to some extent, considering this option may make it easier. Divorce can give people the option to move forward with a new and happier life -- not only for themselves but also for their children.

Source: The Huffington Post, "Divorce Or Stay? Parents Must Put Kids First Either Way," Rosalind Sedacca, April 3, 2013

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