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Divorcing and dealing with child custody may be wise move

A major question that married parents in California who are at odds with each other pose time and time again is whether they should stay married for the sake of their children. This is especially the case if their children are young. According to recent research, it is best for couples who simply can't get along to split up and sort out how they wish to handle child custody rather than stay together.

Research shows that when parents argue often, the children have a tendency to struggle academically and have behavioral issues. In addition, their psychological health suffers, and so does the quality of their adult relationships. These children also have a greater chance of forming families before getting married.

Research further indicates that marriages that are high in conflict are linked to higher high school dropout rates, binge drinking and smoking. Part of the reason for this is that when children see their parents constantly argue and insult each other, they might take this personally, and these emotional hurdles are difficult for them to overcome. For these reasons, getting divorced may be a wise move for parents in these circumstances to protect the emotional well-being of the children long term.

Of course, divorce is not an easy process either financially or emotionally. This is true whether two people have been married for just a few years or longer. However, an attorney can walk a divorcing spouse through the process, ensuring that his or her best interests are front and center when tackling issues such as child custody in California.

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