Wednesday, June 05, 2013
Divorce Can Strengthen Parent-Child Relationships
The divorce process is always difficult for everyone involved, especially young children. The tense emotions associated with working out important issues such as child custody, child support, spousal support, and property division can place a strain on family relationships. But the good news is many people find that their relationship with their children actually becomes stronger once they settle into divorced life.
Parents often find that there are several benefits to sharing child custody with their ex-spouse:
· Each parent gets to enjoy some downtime without the children, where they can pursue their adult interests. When they see their children again, they are often refreshed.
· Each parent is the primary caregiver during time spent with the children. This can allow a parent who took more of a passive parenting role during marriage to make important decisions and develop their parenting style.
In addition, parents who are still on amicable terms after the divorce can work together to make sure the child has a well-rounded environment between both households. This allows you to provide the type of care and develop the type of relationship with your child that feels natural to you based on your personal strengths.
While there are certainly challenges associated with being a single parent, the benefits can result in stronger bonds with your children than what you experienced during a strained marriage.