Child-focused divorce helps reduce relationship conflict

Divorced or divorcing parents with children are faced with the daunting task of keeping up with and fostering a healthy relationship between the child and the non-custodial parent. Child custody issues can be a point of friction between parents till the child emancipates.

Florida residents may find it interesting that research indicates that if during a divorce or after it is completed, both sides make a concerted effort to focus on the children rather than the problems in their relationship, they are better at parenting. Although it is possible for some to fight over child custody for years, most divorced couples eventually work together in the best interest of the child.

A professor of Human Development and Family Studies notes that conflict during a marriage and divorce is harmful to a child's development since some access to both parents is lost during the divorce process and if the conflict continues, the children are stuck in the middle and are harmed by it. Nevertheless, the professor notes that parents who worked fairly well together before the divorce, continued to work well after. However, some parents with contentious divorces, learned to work together over time in the best interest of the child. But, she cautions that a shared custody arrangement may not always result in cooperation, and such a relationship requires work and effort.

Divorce is not easy on the children. As a result, parents should always consider the best interest of the child when drafting a child custody arrangement. The goal for parents should be to move past old relationship issues and focus on their children. However, when an amicable solution is not possible, both parents should know that they have legal options to resolve their disputes .

Source: Psych Central, "Focus on Kids Eases Conflict for Divorced Parents," Janice Wood, Aug. 16, 2012

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