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How can parental conflict affect a child in divorce?

On Behalf of | Feb 10, 2020 | Divorce |

When Florida parents divorce, they have to worry about more than themselves. Their child should be the number one priority. Unfortunately, it is easy to get swept up in the emotions of a divorce. Parents often end up fighting or arguing. This unfortunately has negative impacts on many children. 

There are many reasons professionals suggest amicable divorce. Above all else, it provides your child with a sense of safety. If they see their parents holding a civil discussion, it reinforces positive behavioral traits. It teaches healthy coping mechanisms for conflict. 

Parents are only human, though. Not everyone is good at maintaining amicability. Not everyone is capable of getting through a painful situation with a smile on their face. But before you and your spouse engage in arguments, understand that it affects more than only you. Your child could be taking negative messages away from every argument you have. 

Children with fighting parents are more likely to have poor coping mechanisms. They tend to lash out at peers. Some develop an intolerance or disdain for authority figures. This can lead to problems in school or with law enforcement as they age. Fighting in the home also leads to emotional instability and mood problems. Children are more prone to anxiety or depression. This can affect them long after the divorce. 

If you and your spouse are getting a divorce, consider taking a look at our linked web page here. We provide more information on the divorce process itself. You can look into custody options. If you want to keep your divorce amiable, we provide information on that as well. Understanding the options helps people make informed decisions that benefit everyone.