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Staying together unhappily versus ending the marriage

Couples with young children may have to think about more than which spouse keeps the house and the cars when they begin to contemplate getting divorced. Many Texas couples choose to stay together for the sake of their children. However, in some cases, it's better for the children if the parents end the marriage and move on. However, there are a few things for parents to consider.

Sometimes, it makes sense for couples to stay together even if they don't love each other anymore. For example, when one spouse has medical issues and needs to continue using the other's health insurance, staying married might make sense financially. An unhappy couple might also choose to stay together if they are committed to the marriage and hope to rebuild their relationship.

On the other hand, if one spouse is abusive, remaining married might do more harm than good, even if the abused spouse really wants to repair the relationship. Children are more observant than adults may realize. They see when their parents are unhappy together and since they would rather have happy parents than parents who live together but are miserable, getting a divorce might actually be in the best interest of some children.

An attorney may be able to help clients determine whether getting divorced could be in the best interest of themselves and their children. By weighing the pros and cons of divorcing versus staying together, people who aren't sure how separating could affect their children might be able to get some clarity. Those that choose divorce could get help from their attorney regarding custody, child support and parenting time. Whatever they decide, the family may benefit from counseling to help the children adjust to the changes in their lives.

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