Many people in Virginia and elsewhere live in unhappy relationships. They may do so for a variety of reasons, and one of those reasons may be because they think that staying together will be better for the children than putting them through a divorce. However, parents who stay together but continue to fight may not provide an example of healthy relationships.
Some parents may think that they are making a sacrifice for the good of their children by remaining in high-conflict relationships. On the contrary, children who grew up with married parents who fought a lot are more likely to get divorced themselves. If parents in high-conflict relationships divorce, their children do not see as high a likelihood of getting divorced.
Of course, divorce can have other effects as well. For example, if girls do not have a father present in their lives, they may be more likely to divorce, have difficulties with personal relationships and face weakened physical health. It is also possible that they face fewer educational opportunities, according to one study.
Understandably, it can be difficult for parents to know whether divorce is the right option for themselves and their children. Because the information regarding effects can be somewhat conflicting, only Virginia residents can decide what is best for themselves and their families. If they are considering ending their marriages, they may want to ensure that they gain reliable and applicable information for their particular cases. Discussing their circumstances with family law attorneys could better ensure that the information they gain is relevant and useful.