You may often hear parents state they’re only staying married until their children go to college or move out. What these parents don’t realize is their unhealthy marriage may be pushing their kids out of the house too early. Children may not understand the dynamics of marriage, but they can realize when there’s tension in the air.
Parents don’t always realize their toxic marriage is disrupting the growth of their children. The time spent arguing or fighting with your spouse is often the time when your children need the most attention.
Leaving a disruptive marriage gives more focus to your children during a time when they need it most. Here’s what you should know:
Your children will grow better in a more emotionally open space
Children learn to adapt to their surroundings, which means constant fighting in your home could cause your children to hide away during stressful situations. Children may find it more difficult to be socially adept because they experienced poor examples of communication.
Your children may find, after divorce, their home is more accepting of openness and communication. The one-on-one time you are able to give them — now that you aren’t stuck in endless arguments with your spouse — will help your children respond to social interactions in a more emotionally stable way
How you decide to handle your marriage will show for a lifetime in your children’s eyes. Keeping a level head during your divorce can show your children how to approach the next stages of their life in a mature, emotionally stable manner. Experienced legal guidance can protect your interests as you proceed.