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How parents handle their divorce will affect the children

As the new year begins, so does "divorce season," which runs from January through March. There is a marked increase in divorce filings during these first three months of the year. How Utah parents handle their divorce will have an effect on the children.

Fortunately, it is not necessary for couples to go to court and have a judge make decisions for them regarding custody and visitation. Parents can resolve their issues peacefully using an alternative method of resolution, such as mediation or collaborative divorce. The theory is that the more amicable the divorce process is, the better the children will adjust to the situation. In addition, they might learn that resolving conflict does not have to be bitter and contentious.

The more the children see that their parents are adjusting to living apart without animosity and anger, the more likely they are to do the same. Furthermore, a parenting plan can be created that allows both parents as much access to the children as possible since they are able to work together and are intent upon building an amicable post-divorce relationship. When Utah couples are forced to really consider the kind of parent their soon-to-be ex-spouse is, each of them would -- in most cases -- agree that the children would be better off with the other parent in their lives.

Relationships may come and go, but once a couple becomes parents, they will always have a bond. Raising children is difficult enough during a marriage. When parents struggle just to be in the same room with each other after a divorce, ultimately, the children are the ones who suffer the most.

Source:, "Why Divorced Parents Should Stay Close", Dec. 22, 2015

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