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Custody and visitation issues: When to say 'yes' to divorce

Couples who are unhappy in their Colorado marriages may be worried about the impact that a divorce could have on their children. However, experts say that families should really be more concerned about children who are forced to stay in a contentious environment. Despite the fact that you may have to hammer out custody and visitation issues, sometimes a divorce is the better choice for everyone.

Relationship gurus say that an unhappy marriage can actually prove very detrimental to children. This is because a conflict-riddled household prevents inner peace. Parents who stay together "for the sake of the kids" risk placing those children in continued turmoil. Neither parents nor children will be able to relax, and the quality of parenting time may be diminished.

It is also important to remember that your marriage will serve as the model for your kids' future relationships. This may not be in the best interests of the child. In many cases, unhappy spouses fail to provide displays of marital love, instead creating a household that is full of conflict and stress. Children may not be able to directly identify the problem, but they will certainly know that something is wrong. Parents should avoid setting these negative examples for their children.

Finally, parents often end up exhausted after maintaining an emotional shell for many years. Even though spouses convince themselves that they can wait for their kids to mature before beginning their life anew, they do not always realize the toll this takes on the family. Further, a divorce may affect an 18-year-old child just as intensely; waiting is not always better.

Parents who are struggling in their current relationships may benefit from consulting a Colorado divorce attorney. These professionals may be able to help negotiate child custody agreements that are in the best interests of the child and parents alike. Colorado family attorneys may also provide additional information about other aspects of your marital dissolution.

Source: The Huffington Post, "3 Ways Your Unhappy Marriage May Be Hurting Your Kids" Nancy Pina, Mar. 01, 2014

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