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The impact of a prolonged divorce on children

A Pennsylvania couple might go through an extensive period of fighting and other negative activity before finally deciding that divorce is the best solution. However, a decision to end a marriage can still be affected by issues such as guilt, wishing that a relationship would work out, religious beliefs and the input of family members. Even with action underway, a couple might still find reasons to delay the process and try to reconcile. While some couples may succeed in salvaging their marriages, others may find that divorce is the best resolution.

Unfortunately, delays after starting divorce proceedings can be very tough for children to understand. There is uncertainty about the final outcome. In many cases, one parent will leave the home as the divorce process begins, which creates a dramatic change in the family dynamic. Children may find it difficult to pay attention to issues such as their school work because they are concerned about the stresses and changes in their family life. A prompt resolution may provide the greatest opportunity for life to return to a routine so that children can again focus on their daily activities without worrying about unexpected changes.

Changed circumstances can still impact children of divorce in the future, but a parenting plan is typically implemented at the time of divorce to govern most visitation and other matters. If a serious change warrants a modification of a parenting plan, there might be a need for parents to return to court to achieve a more workable plan.

In cases involving parents who can cooperate to some degree, collaborative divorce might be an appropriate way to handle divorce. A lawyer would be important for reviewing any potential agreements, but the collaborative setting could save money while keeping stress to a minimum.

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