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The divorce of parents can be hard on most children. They may think that the divorce is their fault or that the parent leaving no longer loves them. Both parents should express and emphasize to the child that it is not his fault.
However, there are times when a divorce is necessary to get away from an abusive or neglecting parent. In cases like this, filing for divorce can be positive for children. You can also make use of divorce laws and other legal processes to keep your child safe.
Divorcing for the Child’s Sake
There are times when a parent is abusive to a child within a family. No child or spouse should take abuse from such an individual. Therefore, it is necessary to file for divorce, especially before the abuse becomes too extreme. Most divorce cases that involve abuse will also have some sort of police action in order to keep the abusive parent away from the child.
Neglect is another reason why people divorce. Some parents, wife or husband, may not feel the need to interact with their children. Or, they simply have no time for them, and the spouse takes notice of this. This can also be a ground for separation between married couples. A neglectful parent can be just as bad as an abusive one. If this is the case for you, it is time to separate.
Other Protection for Children
Even if the child is not suffering from any neglect or abuse, there are some other rules to consider to protect your child during a divorce. For example, the courts will take the child’s best interest during a custody battle or divorce. Children will also not be used as pawns during the divorce agreements, nor will either parent try to damage the relationship of the child with the other parent.
Divorce laws also cover child support agreements and visitation rights. Child support is important to cover expenses that the child may incur from school, camps, and other interests. Visitation rights are put in place so that ex-spouses may be able to visit their children when the courts deem it necessary. If the ex-spouse is abusive, those rights are usually revoked. With neglectful parents, they may give up that right all together so as not to have any interact with the child at all.
Look at your situation carefully when defining the rights and needs for your child during divorce. Hire a seasoned family lawyer who can effectively represent you and your children, and be at ease that their best interests are well-protected.