Should Parents Stay Together for the Sake of the Children?

We understand that every client’s situation is different but it is not uncommon for a client to say that they would rather wait until the children have finished their GCSE’s or the children have left for University or just when the children have left home, before they consider separation and divorce proceedings.

In essence clients as parents choose to put their children’s best interests and wellbeing before their own wishes.  But of course every family is different and waiting to separate from your spouse may not actually be in the children’s best interests.

Every relationship is different but if the relationship is abusive a safer outcome would be to protect the children from exposure to the abuse and take immediate action rather than delay.   If the atmosphere at home is hostile and there are many arguments then staying together may not be what the children would want.

It is difficult to weigh up the options between staying together or separating whilst the children are young.  Parents will have to consider the financial effects of separation and having enough money to set up two family homes rather than one.  There is also the question of where the children will live and the contact arrangements between both parents.  There is a lot to consider but the decision has to be what is right for you and your family and if your marriage has run its course it may be time to plan the next stage of your life sooner rather than later.

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