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Divorce may help children suffering in unhappy marriages

A child is often a parent's pride and joy. Most parents would do absolutely anything for their child and want what is best for their future. However, the question of what is best is not always a clear-cut choice.

Many parents believe that staying together is best for their family when children are a part of the picture. This may be the case in some situations. In others, a family that fights, but remains married, can have a more damaging impact on the children.

Children observe their parents constantly and soak in their mannerisms and likenesses. When a child sees their parents constantly fighting, they may begin to believe that this is what "love" looks like. This leads some children toward difficult relationships in their adult lives. An unhappy marriage may also force parents to put on an act and deny the problems that exist. Building up pressure and stress can lead to outbursts and can also negatively impact children.

When parents make the decision to divorce, some do so because that decision is one that is truly one that is best for everyone. Divorce in the state of Massachusetts may be an emotional process, but, once everyone is past the divorce, parents might start seeing improvements in their own lives and the lives of their children.

Getting a divorce that involves children in the state of Massachusetts adds a few steps to the divorce processes. A court must first answer questions of custody, deciding what parent, or if both parents should be awarded legal and/or physical custody of the children. After custody is determined, a court will assess if child support should be awarded. Child support helps the custodial parent pay for the expenses in the child's life. This way, both parents still remain financially supportive of the child.

Parents deciding to divorce are not bad people. In reality, they may be making the best choice for everyone affected by the decision. Decisions relating to child support and child custody, however, are complex in the legal system. Parents should turn to an experienced legal professional in the state of Massachusetts to protect their own rights and the rights of their children.

Source: The Huffington Post, "3 Ways Your Unhappy Marriage May Be Hurting Your Kids ," Nancy Pina, Mar. 03, 2014

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