When people think about the ways in which the divorce process can affect children, they may have negative images that come to mind. To be sure, divorce can place a lot of strain on families and many children have a hard time coming to terms with their parents’ divorce. That being said, divorce should not always be seen as detrimental to a child’s emotional well-being, as well as other aspects of their lives (financial security, academic performance and so on). In many cases, divorce can be advantageous in terms of a child’s emotions.

Sometimes, the very reasons why a person decides to split up with a spouse highlight why it is so important to bring the marriage to an end with consideration to a child’s best interests. For example, someone may be married to someone who verbally or physically abuses their child and ending this marriage could protect the child from further abuse (other legal options should also be explored if a child has been subjected to abuse). Even if a child has not been abused, separating from a toxic spouse could help a child concentrate on their studies and lower their stress levels. Moreover, difficult marriages that have no chance to be salvaged can place a lot of strain on a child from an emotional viewpoint.

In some instances, a parent may also be a bad role model and their behavior may be destructive, especially with regard to the ways in which it influences a child. These issues must be carefully reviewed by parents who are approaching the process of deciding how child custody should be divided.