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Marital stress may have greater impact on kids than child custody

Many New York residents may believe that children should have two married parents no matter what the circumstances. This belief may stem from thinking that divorce and child custody issues could place too much stress on children and that the parents should instead stay married to prevent such stress. However, if parents simply do not get along, staying married may not prove beneficial.

Based on various studies, it has been determined that divorce itself does not negatively impact children. Rather, it is the manner in which parents choose to handle the situation and aftermath that has the most substantial impacts. If parents believe that they should stay married despite constant fighting, they may expose their children to the stress they fear ending the relationship may create.

If parents feel that their relationships are no longer working, instead of avoiding divorce, they may wish to find out how to best approach their situations. By deciding to work together amicably and to remain supportive of their children, parents may reduce stress and help their children through this transitional time with little negative impact. By reducing exposure to stressful circumstances, parents may have a greater chance of positively affecting their kids.

One area in particular that parents may want to try to approach amicably is child custody. By making attempts to remain in the children's lives and allowing each parent to have a prominent role, New York parents may foster healthy relationships with their children. Individuals interested in the various custody options that may be open to them may want to gain more information from reliable legal resources.

Source: commdiginews.com, "Should you stay together for the kids?", Myra Fleischer, Aug. 21, 2017

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