Most Arkansas residents have heard of parents staying married for the sake of their children. However, there are situations when the opposite is the healthier option. These are some signs you might want to divorce for the sake of the kids.
Your relationship is abusive
Children who are abused or witness abuse between their parents can suffer serious psychological harm. If your marriage involves a history of domestic violence, divorce can only benefit everyone. Children should never have to witness a parent or anyone else suffering abuse.
Divorce may benefit your children if you and your spouse fight more often than not. Constant arguing and unpleasantness can weigh heavily on the kids. Some effects they can suffer include difficulty sleeping, depression, poor academic performance and acting out. If counseling hasn’t helped and you and your spouse can’t seem to avoid fighting, ending the marriage could be the best option.
Your ability to parent declines because you’re miserable
If you find yourself so miserable in your marriage that your parenting skills begin to decline, it’s a sign that you might want to divorce for the sake of your children. If staying in the relationship is hurting your everyday life and ability to be the parent that your children deserve, you might be better as a single parent; you and your spouse might have a better co-parenting relationship than a marriage.
You’d rather be alone than with your spouse
Marriage is about togetherness; if you realize that you’d rather be alone than with your spouse, it can reflect on your kids. In that situation, you’re better off divorcing for their sake and yours. Children are also smart and can easily pick up on things like this, which could cause more tension.
Divorce is difficult, but sometimes, it’s necessary. Your children are better off in a healthy situation than a difficult or toxic one.