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Keeping divorces short and sweet may be better for kids

North Carolina children whose families go through divorces may suffer negative emotional effects if their parents fail to act decisively. Although factors like religious beliefs or social mores can make it harder for couples to commit to separation and divorce actions confidently, it's critical that they act on their intentions instead of delaying the process.

In some cases, parents simply want to take time to think about the issues as thoroughly as possible. If they fail to explain this to their kids properly, however, these children may be misled by the idea that their parents are going to reunite because they haven't finalized their split. Some children even become uncertain about their own positions in life and whether their parents still love them. Ongoing divorces can also become major sources of distraction that increase the difficulty of focusing on schooling.

Smart co-parenting is just one of many important aspects of helping kids transition through family restructuring. Some experts recommend that couples work with trained mediators or counselors who can help them keep their personal issues separate from their children's welfare. It's also important that parents who had their own negative experiences with divorces when they were children break free of the cycle and work to achieve the positive benefits of ending relationships that no longer function healthily.

The way a divorce progresses can impact the efficacy of resulting agreements. For instance, an informal child custody and support setup that builds on prior schedules or arrangements may become increasingly difficult to enforce if one parent stops adhering to it. When separations become protracted, new events like job losses or the introduction of new relationship partners could confuse affairs even more. Couples who want to split and still care for their kids effectively should move to formalize their parenting plans with the assistance of their respective attorneys.

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