Reasons divorce can be good for children

by | Oct 25, 2018 | Firm News

Despite the common belief that half of all marriages end in divorce, the rate has plummeted in recent years. This is in part due to millennials marrying later in life. Susan Brown, who works as a sociology professor in Ohio at Bowling Green State University, said the trend has remained particularly striking and suggests further decline in the future.

Couples with children worry about how the divorce will impact their kids. While there are specific considerations to make, research suggests there can be benefits. 

The kids will have more overall happiness at home

Many parents stay together for the children, but the truth of the matter is that divorcing may be better for the kids than continuing to witness their parents argue and bicker all the time. The divorce itself can be tumultuous. Marital strife can continue to follow kids for years, which could set them up for behavioral issues and anxiety. A divorce alleviates that situation, making the kids happier in the long run. 

Kids learn how to solve problems effectively

A bad marriage gives children an inadequate representation of how adult relationships need to function. Divorcing gives children a better idea of how to resolve these problems, and it shows them that separation is not always necessarily a bad thing. When those kids have their own relationships later in life, they have a better understanding of how two adults talk to and act toward one another. 

Divorce helps kids develop communication skills

Parents who divorce need to listen and care for their children even more than before. The parents should allow the kids to express their feelings freely, even if they are negative. This allows children to understand that their emotions are valid. They learn how to talk through their feelings and that talking their way through a problem can be incredibly useful. All this often leads to everyone having a better, happier life.