Carolann M. Aschoff, P.C.

Children and divorce: What is the best for all?

The majority of New Jersey parents may want what is best for their children. Some decisions touching the lives of children are easy to make, but others may be a lot more difficult. One such difficult decision to make is whether to divorce or stay together for the sake of the children.

There is little doubt that when parents split up all the family members are influenced by the decision. Before deciding if divorce will be the best option for the family and particularly the children, one should perhaps contemplate a number of things. It is important to ask oneself if the marriage can be saved.

Sometimes when things go wrong in a marriage, there is the possibility of fixing the problem and rebuilding the relationship. This does require dedication, hard work, time and also some soul searching. Another important consideration to remain cognizant of is whether it is financially beneficial to stay together. One just needs to ensure the benefits outweighs the costs.

While there is little doubt that divorce may impact children negatively, one has to realize that there are times where it is the only option. Abuse should never be tolerated, and divorce may be the only option to escape the abuse. One should never forget that children learn from the examples set by their parents; therefore, staying in such a marriage may be more detrimental for the children than divorce.

Children are very astute and quickly pick up when adults are not sincere. They will know when their parents are happier when they are away from each other than when the family is together. In cases such as the ones mentioned above where there seems to be less pros and more cons to staying married, a consultation with a New Jersey family law lawyer may assist parents in realizing the best options for the children.    

Source:, "Should You Put Off Divorce for the Sake of the Children?" Vikki Ziegler, Nov. 1, 2017

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